Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Mystery of the Blue Train 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Kettering
Ada Mason
Tom Harper ...
Jane How ...
Lady at Ball
Sister Rosalia
La Roche
Ruth Kettering
Inspector Caux
Etela Pardo ...
Josette Simon ...
Mirelle Milesi


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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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
Music George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
[heard at night club]
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Poirot can't speak French
29 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this episode very weak - too many actors indulging in their own vanity, very few convincingly portraying characters. However, it lost credibility completely for me for quite some time when I think I heard Poirot say "Je vous félicitez" to Kettering when congratulating him on the inheritance he was about to get. No French speaker would make that sort of mistake.

We are supposed to believe that the Belgian detective is SO astute etc, but a mistake like that shatters the suspension of disbelief. Those who put the French into Poirot's mouth need to do their homework. I was also disappointed that Suchet hadn't sorted it himself as he's usually as fastidious as the character he plays.

I've never found an adaptation of an Agathe Christie quite as ham-fisted as this before. I'm usually completely in the thrall of Poirot, but I'll take a while to recover from this one!

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