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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Sad Cypress (2003)

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Original Air Date:
26 December 2003 (Season 9, Episode 2)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stunning adaptation and even heart-rending in places See more (17 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh ... Elinor Carlisle

Rupert Penry-Jones ... Roddy Winter

Kelly Reilly ... Mary Gerrard

Paul McGann ... Dr. Peter Lord

Phyllis Logan ... Nurse Hopkins

Marion O'Dwyer ... Nurse O'Brien

Diana Quick ... Mrs. Welman
Stuart Laing ... Ted Horlick
Jack Galloway ... Marsden
Geoffrey Beevers ... Seddon
Alistair Findlay ... Prosecuting Counsel
Linda Spurrier ... Mrs. Bishop
Ian Taylor ... Shopkeeper

Timothy Carlton ... Judge
Louise Callaghan ... Hunterbury Maid

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Moore 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

David Pirie (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion plc
Delia Fine .... executive producer: for A&E Television Networks
Leila Kirkpatrick .... line producer
Margaret Mitchell .... producer
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: for A&E Television Networks
David Suchet .... associate producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Martin Fuhrer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Melanie Viner-Cuneo 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Stone 
Set Decoration by
Mark Rimmell 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Carol Cooper .... makeup designer
Sian Miller .... makeup artist (as Sian Turner)
Rupert Simon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fiona McGuire .... executive in charge of production
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Bamber .... first assistant director
David Cain .... second assistant director
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mike Fowlie .... prop master
Kenneth Hambling .... construction manager (as Ken Hambling)
Dougie Lankston .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Morten)
Mike Reardon .... sound maintenance
Mike Reardon .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects
Simon Giles .... visual effects
Ray Donn .... stunt double: David Suchet (uncredited)
Jason White .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Boorer .... grip
Michael Green .... focus puller (as Mike Green)
Mike Miller .... camera operator
Phil Penfold .... best boy (as Philip Penfold)
Larry S. Prinz .... lighting gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Luan Hall .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rab Harling .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Hurley .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maureen Duff .... casting
Claire Saunders .... casting assistant
Gail Stevens .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamar Zaig .... assistant costume designer
Jason Gill .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Anya Dillon .... assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... telecine colourist
Other crew
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Alan Church .... titles
Simon Giles .... titles
Mariette Masters .... publicist
Phoebe Masters .... assistant coordinator
Gina Nocero .... senior publicist: A & E
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Karen Thrussell .... script editor
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Derek Wax .... script executive
Emily Chittell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medic (uncredited)
Lawrence Stevens .... floor runner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
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Additional Details

Finland:94 min | USA:100 min (DVD) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (video rating) (2004)

Did You Know?

Canadian French Title: ( Je ne suis pas coupable).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Hercule Poirot:I am, as you say, bored to the tears.See more »


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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Stunning adaptation and even heart-rending in places, 24 October 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Sad Cypress is one of my favourite Poirot episodes, along with Five Little Pigs and Peril At End House everything about this adaptation was stunning. I do admit I did cry two or three times. It is faithful to the book, apart from a slight misjudgement about the rose. The plot is quite a complex one, but it is very well constructed here. The look of Sad Cypress was absolutely exquisite- you can never go wrong with dazzling photography, splendid scenery and lovely costumes- this adaptation had all three of those things. The music was gorgeous, haunting yet tragic, and I think it was this that reduced me to tears. The script is very good, beautifully written, and does have a hint of faithfulness about it. The acting was exceptional, although he looked tired, David Suchet turned in an impeccable performance as Poirot. I do consider Suchet the definitive of the Poirots, like Jeremy Brett was the definitive Sherlock Holmes. Elizabeth Dermott Walsh was beautiful beyond words as Elinor Carlisle, just perfect for the role, and Rupert Penry Jones perfectly conveys his flawed character. Diana Quick and Phyllis Logan are fine actresses, and they were superb in their roles. The final solution was very well done, not quite as good in construction as the one in the book, but still effective. I have to say when I first saw this adaptation, I was extremely disturbed by Poirot's dream of Mary Gerrard and her decompsing face. All in all, highly recommended. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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