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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 1)
Poirot investigates the brutal murder of 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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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props
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:

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Derek Kettering:My dear count, to sit gazing at you for any length of time, drunkenness is absolutely mandatory.
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Good script, wretched direction, 1 June 2006
Author: Erewhon from Los Angeles, California

It's easy to tell this latter-day batch of Poirot adventures are not being made by the production company that turned out the hour-long episodes and the first group of feature-length TV movies with David Suchet. Not only are Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon gone (along with the fine actors who played them), but so is Poirot's Arte Moderne apartment building--and any reasonable sense of time and place. These were virtues; they are sorely missed.

"Mystery of the Blue Train" has a pretty good Poirot plot with some colorful supporting players and a few effective performances, but it is so badly directed--no, ATROCIOUSLY directed--as to be a headache-inducing pain to watch. There are no establishing shots of buildings, no wide shots of ballrooms and the like, and there are dozens upon dozens of off-center closeups. Furthermore, many of the closeups are hand-held, an extremely poor choice of technique for a story set in the 1930s. The director also resorts to the very tired effects of an extraordinarily unimaginative mind: virtually every set, including some exteriors, is drenched in thick, almost impenetrable smoke. This is usually "explained" by having one or more of the characters puffing away on cigarettes--so obtrusively (including many crushed out under foot) that you begin to assume that cigarette smoking has something important to do with the plot. Especially early in the film, the director grotesquely overuses shots in or of mirrors--again so frequently that it seems that it must have an important plot explanation. In the last half, set on the Riviera, there are fewer mirror shots, but now she chooses to have blurry objects in the foreground in many, many shots. At other times, we glimpse characters in the middle distance, almost hidden by objects in the near foreground. Finally, most of this stuff--hard to see, hard to follow--is reduced further in simple watchability by being edited like a rock video. I wouldn't blame anyone who, first coming to a Suchet Poirot story with this one, swearing off ever watching another.

But ultimately, Poirot and Agatha Christie win out. Even though the gathering-of-the-suspects scene is again jaggedly edited, full of thick, opaque smoke and hampered by an overuse of extreme closeups, the story wins out over the director--who I hope never, EVER again is invited to direct an Hercule Poirot mystery.

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