Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 9, Episode 4

The Hollow (26 Sep. 2004)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Hollow (original title)

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Poirot stumbles on the murder scene of philandering Dr Christow in a country house as his wife standing next to him with a revolver in her hand.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Angkatell
Claire Price ...
Gerda Christow
Tom Georgeson ...
Inspector Grange
Sir Henry Angkatell
Caroline Martin ...
Midge Hardcastle
Jamie de Courcey ...
Edward Angkatell (as Jamie De Courcey)
Ian Talbot ...
Victor Simms
Lucy Briers ...
Beryl Collins
Dale Rapley ...
Sergeant Coombes
Elsie Patterson (as Theresa Churcher)


While spending the weekend at his cottage outside London, Hercule Poirot is invited to dinner by Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. Leaving immediately after dinner, he returns the next day to find that a weekend guest, John Christo, has been shot dead. There is any number of suspects: his former lover, Veronica Cray whom he had not seen for 12 years but suddenly turned up at a nearby cottage; his wife, Gerda who was deeply hurt by his womanizing; his current mistress Henrietta Savernake; Midge Hardcastle, who was very much in love with him, but whom he constantly ignored; and Edward Angkatell, who was in love with Midge. What Poirot finds however is that the evidence equally implicates everyone just a little too equally for it all to be just by chance. Written by garykmcd

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Veronica Cray: Are you saying you don't love me?
John Christow: You are a very, very alluring woman, Veronica, but I don't "love you," no.
Veronica Cray: I came all this way to find you; waiting in this ghastly hovel for the weekend you'd appear. You see, I knew if we could be just once more together... just one more...
John Christow: You? You planned it?
Veronica Cray: Oh, you belong to me, John. You're mine.
John Christow: When I was a young man, I WANTED you to share my life and you wouldn't do it!
Veronica Cray: Because MY career was so much more important than yours. I mean, anyone can be a "...
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20 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poirot travels for what was to be an idyllic, lovely weekend in the country and walks into murder in "The Hollow," from the ninth season of Poirot. While relaxing at his country cottage, neighbors, Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell, invite him to dinner. Poirot partakes of the meal but leaves shortly after.

The next day he visits and learns that one of their weekend guest, John Christo, has been found dead. As usual there is no dearth of suspects. His old girlfriend, actress Veronica Cray, is staying nearby. They had not seen one another in 12 years when she shows up at the Angkatell home to borrow matches, and John walks her home, leaving behind his wife Gerda and mistress Henrietta. Two more suspects.

Another woman, Midge Hardcastle, was in love with Christo, but he pays no attention to her. Edward Angkatell is in love with Midge, but she pines for John.

Unfortunately, when Poirot investigates, he finds that the evidence points to each of the above suspects in some manner.

Excellent story, absorbing and entertaining, with Sara Miles as Lady Angkatell and Edward Fox as the butler nearly stealing the show with their colorful performances. Edward Hardwicke, Jeremy Brett's Watson, is on hand as well as Henry.

Highly recommended.

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