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
The cast for this adaptation is very good, elliot gould in particular and the story is also well written, however when I watched this having been off work for a while with an injury and having watched all the repeated poirots that are constantly on I couldn't help recognising the story and even the names of the characters, so much to that end that I knew who the killer was half way through the show. This seems to me to be a longer more lavish remake of an episode called the Plymouth express from 1991 - the killer has the same name, the story is the same, only the location is different really, instead of being a cross country English train with rich English girl murdered, its transported to the Med and an American is the victim. I don't know why this was done apart from the fact they must be running out of ideas or stories.
I'd much rather see Suchet doing Murder on the Orient Express as its the one Ustinov never did and also I'd like to see his take on Dead Mans folly which Ustinov did.
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