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
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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26 September 2004 (USA)  »

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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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Very Enjoyable Mystery!
28 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Suchet,(Poirot),"FoolProof",'03, gave an outstanding performance as a perfectionist in almost everything he did or said. If he had a cocktail, he always had a napkin to blot the excess on his mouth with unbelievable perfection! You could just view the expressions on the detective's face and see that he never missed an item of importance in the suspects behavior. The beautiful Falls Colors through out the English countryside was simply breath taking. Megan Dodds, "Bait",2000, gave an outstanding performance as a very sexy, wild woman who was able to keep very important secrets away from Mr. Poirot. A very enjoyable film if you really like the acting of David Suchet as Mr. Poirot!

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