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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005)

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Writers:
Agatha Christie (novel)
Guy Andrews (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 1)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Thick, extremely enjoyable mystery See more (22 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

James D'Arcy ... Derek Kettering

Alice Eve ... Lenox

Nicholas Farrell ... Knighton

Bronagh Gallagher ... Ada Mason
Tom Harper ... Corky
Jane How ... Lady at Ball

Samuel James ... Steward

Helen Lindsay ... Sister Rosalia

Oliver Milburn ... La Roche

Jaime Murray ... Ruth Kettering

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Inspector Caux
Etela Pardo ... Dolores

Georgina Rylance ... Katherine
Josette Simon ... Mirelle Milesi

Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Tamplin

Elliott Gould ... Rufus Van Aldin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Callaghan ... Champagne Waiter (uncredited)
Russell Loten ... Waiter (uncredited)
Gareth McChlery ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Hettie Macdonald 
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Guy Andrews (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion Plc.
Helga Dowie .... line producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Television Networks
Trevor Hopkins .... producer
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: A&E Television Networks
David Suchet .... associate producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Almond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jamie McCoan 
 
Casting by
Maureen Duff 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Paul Spriggs (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Denise Ball 
Pilar Foy 
 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Greenwood .... makeup designer
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Kate Roberts .... makeup artist
Sian Turner .... make-up: David Suchet's
 
Production Management
Alasdair Whitelaw .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Jack Ravenscroft .... first assistant director
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director (as Stephen Wolfenden)
Paul Vallespi .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Barratt .... stand-by props
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... property master
David Lewis .... production buyer (as Davis Lewis)
Joanne Ridler .... stand-by art director
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Emma Godwin .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Jim Grindley .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jamie Caple .... dialogue editor
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Ashley Reynolds .... sound maintenance engineer ({script executive} closing credits error) (as Derek Wax)
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Adam Powell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Filipa Principe .... foley editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Hills .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunt coordinator
Ray Donn .... stunt double: David Suchet (uncredited)
Dean Forster .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Gavigan .... best boy (as Rob Gavigan)
Stuart Godfrey .... grip
Miles Proudfoot .... focus puller
Sean Savage .... camera operator
Steven Swannell .... lighting gaffer (as Steve Swanell)
Peter Davies .... generator operator (uncredited)
Martin Foley .... camera operator (uncredited)
François Vigon .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Gill .... costume
Charlotte Mitchell .... costume
Philip O'Connor .... dresser: David Suchet's (as Phil O'Connor)
Maggie Partington-Smith .... costume assistant
Gabrielle Spanswick .... costume
 
Editorial Department
Adam Harvey .... assistant editor
Sion Penny .... on-line editor (as Siôn Penny)
 
Music Department
Mike Sheppard .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
Sean O'Connor .... driver: David Suchet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Baker .... assistant coordinator
Sue Elliot .... production services: French
Paul Harris .... choreographer
Gail Kennett .... production executive
Simone Le Lievre .... publicist
Peter Mares .... publicist
Gina Nocero .... senior publicist: A&E
Patrick O'Hanian .... production services: French
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Sheila Price .... production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tom Stourton .... location manager
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Beth Willis .... script editor
Clifford De Spenser .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medical coordinator (uncredited)
Paula Jack .... dialect coach: Jaime Murray (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

Runtime:
120 min (including commercials) | Finland:94 min (excluding commercials) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Hercule Poirot:...jealousy, as it so often does, throws open the door to murder.See more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Thick, extremely enjoyable mystery, 23 April 2008
Author: gridoon2014

In the brief making-of feature included with the DVD of this episode, the screenwriter points out that Agatha Christie considered this one of her weakest novels, and that they had taken quite a few liberties in its adaptation. Purists will probably be angry at this, but it's my guess (never having read the book, mind you) that most of the changes must have been improvements. Because the final story presented on the screen is far from Christie's worst - in fact, it is closer to her best.

Although I liked "Sad Cypress" and "The Hollow" very much, it was mostly due to the direction and performances - the mysteries, though undeniably very clever (especially in their killing methods), felt somewhat thin. The "Mystery of the Blue Train" is the exact opposite of thin: it presents a complex web of interconnected plots and subplots, and a wide variety of characters / suspects, all of them colorfully brought to life by a first-rate cast (truly, there is not one weak performance in this film). You're not even sure who is going to get bumped off until he / she does! David Suchet gets the chance to do one of his showiest "Poirot gathering all the suspects, accusing everyone and taking his sweet time before revealing the truth" sequences at the end, and he's clearly enjoying himself after the low-key performance he has given up to that point in the film. There are also some "modern" elements introduced - more cursing than before, and even some (practically unnoticeable) CGI - but somehow everything works like a charm.

Poirot - 10th season and still going strong! (***)

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