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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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 (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
Aaron Coot .... dailies operator
Anya Dillon .... assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... telecine colourist
Location Management
Peter Tullo .... location manager
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
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
Location Management
Mark Albela .... location manager
Other crew
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 | Finland:K-7 (2015) (TV) | Finland:K-11 (2006) (DVD) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004)

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 »
Factual errors: The paper boy at the newsstand announces "Gershwin dies!" Poirot opens the newspaper, which features the obituary of famed American composer George Gershwin. On the opposite page is the obituary of Laura Welman, and the date on the newspaper states that it is September 1937. George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937.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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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Exceptionally well-done, 30 March 2008
Author: gridoon2016

Hercule Poirot looks into the case of a woman accused for two murders: there is overwhelming evidence against her, her dislike for one of the victims - the girl who stole her fiancé's heart - is well-known, and she doesn't express any feelings of regret. Despite all that, a doctor, who is secretly in love with her, is convinced of her innocence and asks his old friend Poirot to help him prove it.

Let me put it simply: the story, direction, performances, music, and set design of "Sad Cypress" are of higher quality than approximately 90% of what is available out there. Dropping the (highly entertaining, it must be said) sidekicks, changing the tone to almost completely serious, and reducing Poirot's screen time in favor of the other characters (in fact, it could be argued that the beautiful Elisabeth Dermot Walsh is the central figure here) are all bold moves, and they pay off brilliantly, in this case at least. Up to this point in the series, and without having seen "Five Little Pigs" yet, the only episodes I would rank above this one are "Wasps' Nest" and "Lord Edgeware Dies".

A must-see if you love good cinema, even when it's made for TV. (***1/2)

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