Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 9, Episode 2

Sad Cypress (26 Dec. 2003)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Sad Cypress (original title)

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Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt and the beautiful romantic rival who broke up her engagement, but Poirot uncovers darker motives.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elinor Carlisle
Mary Gerrard
Dr. Peter Lord
Nurse Hopkins
Nurse O'Brien
Mrs. Welman
Stuart Laing ...
Ted Horlick
Jack Galloway ...
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Alistair Findlay ...
Prosecuting Counsel
Linda Spurrier ...
Mrs. Bishop
Ian Taylor ...


Distant cousins and childhood friends Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Welman are happily engaged to be married. One day Elinor receives an anonymous letter in the post, claiming that someone is trying their hardest to work their way into the affection, and subsequently also bank account, of her wealthy aunt Laura Welman, who is presently bedridden at her home since after a stroke and from whose death Elinor and Roddy both expect to inherit a large fortune. Not knowing what to make of the letter, the young couple eventually decide to pay Laura a visit in order to see for themselves what is really going on at the house. When they arrive, Elinor immediately becomes suspicious towards Mary Gerrard, the lodge keeper's daughter, recently returned to England after having studied in Europe and whom everyone else at the house seem to absolutely dote on. No one else however seem to share Elinor's suspicions or dislike of the young woman, and in particular not Roddy, whom Elinor one night discovers ... Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The title refers to lines from William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night": "Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid." See more »


When Poirot gets into a taxi he asks to be taken to 'The British Library.' This was not created until 1973. He should have asked for 'The British Museum' or 'The British Museum Library.' See more »


Nurse Hopkins: As I said before, Mr. Poirot, let the dead rest in peace.
Hercule Poirot: Not when one has to consider the living.
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a fine addition to the Suchet canon!
22 September 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A quite engrossing if, as usual, contrived mystery. I do agree that David Suchet is the ultimate Hercule even if he's losing much of his energy. In fact, I think that "Curtain" would be the ideal Hercule for him to do at this or a little later point.

I disagree with a review that said that it was more fun with Japp, Hastings and Lemon. I thought they were brought into the earlier productions by the short hairs and not convincingly all the time.

I do agree that the Suchet "Death on the Nile" was disappointing but I'd recently seen the Ustinov again (I didn't really like him in the part.) and was only too familiar with the story so I gave up early on.

I thought the acting was generally good and everyone was well-cast.

8 out of 10.

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