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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The ABC Murders (1992)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 4: Episode 1 -- In one of Agatha Christie's most intriguing Hercule Poirot mysteries ever, the inimitable Belgian sleuth proves yet again why he is the most watch detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and a hit mystery favorite on A&E.      Based on the classic story by the creator of modern mystery, Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders stars David Suchet as the fastidious investigator famous for solving the most confounding cases. Without a smudge on his impeccably appointed exterior, Poirot untangles this baffling mystery of a murderer who announces his next victims through a series of chilling letters each addressed to the detective himself. Also starring Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp.


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Original Air Date:
5 January 1992 (Season 4, Episode 1)
Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings

Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp

Donald Sumpter ... Cust
Donald Douglas ... Franklin Clarke

Nicholas Farrell ... Donald Fraser
Pippa Guard ... Megan Barnard

Cathryn Bradshaw ... Mary Drower

Nina Marc ... Thora Grey
David McAlister ... Inspector Glen
Vivienne Burgess ... Lady Clarke
Ann Windsor ... Miss Merrion
Michael Mellinger ... Franz Ascher
Miranda Forbes ... Mrs. Turton
Peter Penry-Jones ... Superintendent Carter
Lucinda Curtis ... Mrs. Marbury
Jeremy Hawk ... Deveril
Allan Mitchell ... Dr. Kerr
Philip Anthony ... Doctor
Andrew Williamson ... Man in Library

John Breslin ... Mr. Barnard
Clifford Milner ... Constable
Claude Close ... Doncaster Sergeant
Alex Knight ... Andover Sergeant
David Fox ... Scotland Yard Sergeant (as David Richard-Fox)

Campbell Graham ... Mr. Downes
Gordon Salkilld ... Commissionaire
Norman McDonald ... Mr. Strange
Jane Birdsall ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Gorman ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Tony Red Richards ... Librarian (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
Writing credits
Clive Exton (dramatized by)

Agatha Christie  novel "ABC Murders" (uncredited)

Produced by
Brian Eastman .... producer
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
Donald Toms .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Chris O'Dell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Bain 
Casting by
Kate Day 
Rebecca Howard 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Art Direction by
Peter Wenham 
Set Decoration by
Carlotta Barrow 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kronig 
Makeup Department
Kate Bower .... makeup artist
Patricia Kirkman .... makeup artist
Hilary Martin .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Goodman .... assistant director
Becky Harris .... assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... assistant director
Art Department
Ludmilla Barras .... production buyer
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Les Peach .... construction manager
Garry Dawson .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... sound assistant
Paul Botham .... boom operator
Peter Lennard .... dubbing
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist
Mike Murr .... dubbing
Rupert Scrivener .... dubbing
David Cronnelly .... stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Alcorn .... camera operator (as Steven Alcorn)
Frank Baber .... gaffer
Ray Cooper .... clapper/loader
John Etherington .... grip
Danny Shelmerdine .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nigel Egerton .... wardrobe
Michael Price .... assistant costume designer
John Scott .... wardrobe
Vernon White .... wardrobe
Kirsten Wing .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Andrew McClelland .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Nigel Gostelow .... locations
Scott Rowlatt .... locations
Music Department
Mark Tucker .... assistant music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
John Beharrell .... accounts
Penelope Forrester .... accounts
Pat Gavin .... titles
Monica Rogers .... production coordinator
Sheila Wilson .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Location Management
Mark Albela .... location manager
Other crew
Daren Thomas .... location runner
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

103 min | UK:120 min | 102 min | UK:100 min (14 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 (2015) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2005) | USA:Not Rated

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Anachronisms: In one scene, people are watching the film _Footsteps in the Sand (1939)_ which was released in 1939, yet this episode is set in 1936.See more »
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Announcer:Train now boarding.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
one of the best, 28 October 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Poirot investigates a series of killings in "The ABC Murders" in this excellent adaptation. As Hastings reappears after an absence, Poirot receives letters from a serial killer, calling himself ABC, who tells Poirot the city where the next murder will take place. At the scene of each crime, he leaves the ABC railroad schedule. The murders seem to have the same last name initial as the name of the town.

The authorities think the killer is insane, but Poirot doesn't. He believes there is a real method to the killer's madness. It takes a while, but Poirot finally figures it out.

Wonderful, exciting adaptation, and if you haven't read the book (or like me read it a hundred years ago) it's even more thrilling since you won't know the solution.

I love Poirot, Hastings, and Japp together. Suchet is so perfect as Poirot except for one small thing. Agatha Christie came to hate Poirot. There's no way she would have hated THIS Poirot. She found him "insufferable" and an "egocentric creep." Despite being fussy, egomaniacal, and arrogant, Suchet somehow gives Poirot warmth and a camaraderie with Japp and Hastings. I just love his interpretation. You can't hate him.

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