Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her philandering painter father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Crale
Amyas Crale
Philip Blake
Meredith Blake
Lucy Crale
Elsa Greer
Angela Warren
Young Angela
Mrs. Spriggs
Roger Brierley ...
Melissa Suffield ...
Young Lucy


Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK)  »

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| (11 episodes)


(Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

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1.78 : 1
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Both Gemma Jones (Miss Williams) and Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) play characters in different versions of Jane Eyre: Jones as Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre (1997) and Stephens as Rochester in Jane Eyre (2006). See more »


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Hauntingly beautiful
22 December 2005 | by (Perth, WA) – See all my reviews

The Poirot series has always appealed to me because I love that era, but also because it's intriguing and interesting. This is no exception

  • actually, this is one of my favorites, if not THE favorite.

A young woman asks to meet Poirot and she explains that she believes her Mother was wrongly hanged for killing her Father. There are a number of flashbacks, beautifully arranged in accurate places. Every suspect is interviewed and gives their account on the story. One little pig is lying.

Not only did the incredibly sad story make an impact on me, but the hauntingly beautiful score which set just the right mood (mysterious, sad, haunting) for the movie. It is the cherry on top of a very beautiful, yummy cake.

Poirot: Five Little Pigs is one of the best movies I've seen. It just feels right. You just relax and enjoy the story - you don't have to cringe at bad actors. A truly beautiful, hauntingly sad movie.

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