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Agatha Christie (novel)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 1)
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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S10E01: Mystery of the Blue Train: By the numbers Poirot in some regards, although not really sparking or engaging as it should – not helped by the odd direction either See more (25 total) »


 (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)

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
Sian Miller .... make-up: David Suchet's (as Sian Turner)
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Kate Roberts .... makeup artist
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
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
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

120 min (including commercials) | Finland:94 min (excluding commercials) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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Count De La Roche:[after being punched and knocked down] You could have given me a black eye!
Derek Kettering:Match your fingernails and your heart!
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S10E01: Mystery of the Blue Train: By the numbers Poirot in some regards, although not really sparking or engaging as it should – not helped by the odd direction either, 1 April 2015
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Screening well over a year since the previous episode (The Hollow), Mystery of the Blue Train was the New Year offering that opens season 10 ahead of the remaining episodes all coming at the end of Q2 and start of Q3 in 2006. Boxsetting the series as I am, it is odd to think of it being so fragmented like this, but this was a time when it became more of event-television for ITV. This opening episode perhaps did not sit well with me because I did not give it those 15 or so months between episodes, but rather only a day or so after finishing season 9, I watched this one. The main impact for me was that the very nicely staged and presented episode of The Hollow, made the more frantic direction of Blue Train strike me as odd and rather alienating.

I shouldn't really be talking about the presentation before the content, but I did find it to be too different from the style that I have come to prefer. Here we have too many odd camera angles, a bit too much swapping of focal points, and a generally busier presentation that I would have liked; the editing adds to this feeling and I did spend much of the episode wondering if all of season 10 will play out like this – and also thinking about what other shows may have influenced this sudden change in approach (some others here reference NYPD Blue and the like, and to be fair there may be something in that).

The mystery itself I found lacking in urgency and, in some ways, clarity; perhaps this was just me not following it, but it was not one that really drew me in as many other episodes have done. The cast are maybe part of this as they are surprisingly so-so. Suchet himself is as good as he generally is in this role, however the supporting cast fare better on paper than in reality. Gould is a big name but seems unsure of his character and unable to really sell it; D'Arcy, Eve, Farrell, and others are fine but nothing great – none of them really hooking me into the episode. All told it does the norms, and provides a familiar enough frame for the lazy viewer such as I to fall into, however it didn't draw me in, nor really spark with mystery or intrigue – something not helped one bit by the direction, which really didn't fit in the series.

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