Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 10, Episode 1

The Mystery of the Blue Train (11 Dec. 2005)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Mystery of the Blue Train (original title)

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Poirot investigates the brutal hammer murder of Ruth Kettering, an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.

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Derek Kettering
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Lenox
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Knighton
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Ada Mason
Tom Harper ...
Corky
Jane How ...
Lady at Ball
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Steward
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Etela Pardo ...
Dolores
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Katherine
Josette Simon ...
Mirelle Milesi
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After traveling on the Blue Train from Calais to Nice, Hercule Poirot is pressed into service to help solve the murder of heiress Ruth Kettering who is found savagely beaten in her compartment. She was the daughter of wealthy industrialist Rufus Van Alden and very much wanted a divorce. Both her husband and her lover were on the train but she had changed rooms with another passenger, Katherine Grey, so the question naturally arises as to whether she was the intended victim. Grey may also have had enemies as she had recently inherited a very large sum of money and greedy relatives had suddenly taken a interest in her. When an attempt is subsequently made on Grey's life, this appears to the case but Poirot methodically sifts through all of the clues to determine the motive and identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Hercule Poirot mentions at the end that he has never traveled on the Orient Express, raising viewer expectations of his most famous case, "Murder on the Orient Express." See more »

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Rufus Van Aldin: [Introducing himself] Mr. Poirot, Rufus Van Aldin. I'm in oil... figuratively speaking.
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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Music George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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The least of the Poirot series
27 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sympathetic to the darker, new Poirot; but I retain my hostility towards unnecessarily bizarre and arbitrary plot developments. The motives of the characters are totally inscrutable and the evidence, as it unfolds for the viewer, does nothing to advance the solution, which remains abrupt, arbitrary, and absurdly implausible. The end does nothing to pull the story together so that it reaches any kind of satisfactory conclusion; and Poirot seems like an insane diviner rather than a brilliant analyst of facts.

That said, the actors' performances continue to bring the characters to life, which is amazing, given the absurd positions their screenwriters put them in. The three points I award this installment are for their sake.


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