With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
Chief Inspector Japp, afraid that he will soon find himself unemployed, needs Poirot's assistance in solving a string of jewel robberies. Japp is under intense pressure to catch the thief but Poirot counsels patience. When the jewel thief strikes again, Poirot and Captain Hastings go to the home of Marcus Hardman, a jewelry collector from whom an emerald necklace was stolen. Poirot is apparently quite taken with the exiled Russian Countess Vera Rossakoff and to Japp's great consternation, days pass with no progress in the case. With the famous detective otherwise occupied, Hastings and Miss Lemon decide to investigate on their own. Poirot however knows well who the criminal is. Written by
May frustrate some people, but I found it fascinating
The Double Clue is not one of the best of the series, I for one would have preferred it with things resolved, as touching as the final scene was for a couple of viewings I was left underwhelmed from not knowing for certain who it was and how it was committed, it's all speculative and wondering who's wrong and who's right. It is interesting however for how Poirot is written here, instead of the deduction and snooping he is reacting to his equal and what is also interesting is how he goes about it. Once again, it is sumptuously photographed and designed, and hauntingly scored. The writing is thought-provoking and the story is both clever and quite poignant. David Suchet I don't think has ever put a foot wrong as Poirot and he doesn't disappoint here either. Neither do Hugh Fraser, Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran, and Kika Markham is wonderful beyond words as the Countess. All in all, fascinating even with a final 10 minutes that may frustrate some people, including me admittedly, but David's review here made me appreciate the episode even more for what it set out to do. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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