Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 10, Episode 2

Cards on the Table (19 Mar. 2006)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Cards on the Table (original title)

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The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London's richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 'detectives' to his opulent apartment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaitana's Butler
Philip Bowen ...
Mr Luxmore
Mrs Luxmore
Zigi Ellison ...
Mrs Craddock
Major Despard
Dr Roberts
Miss Burgess
Mrs Lorrimer
Miss Meredith
Jenny Ogilvie ...
Colonel Hughes
Serge Mureau


Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana, who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are eight guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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During the party, Shaitana talks to a waiter and pushes him towards Poirot and Mrs. Oliver. When Shaitana pushes him, there is one cocktail glass on the tray carried by the waiter. When he approaches Poirot and Mrs. Oliver, there are two. See more »


Mrs. Lorrimer: Do you know Mr. Shaitana well, Colonel Hughes?
Colonel Hughes: No, not at all. Rather surprised to be invited, as a matter of fact. Do you know him?
Mrs. Lorrimer: I know that he likes to be different.
Colonel Hughes: Probably went to the wrong kind of school, eh?
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adaptation of Christie book
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately I have to judge this Poirot film on its own merits as I read the book so long ago I can't remember it enough to know how it was changed.

I realize that people who are familiar with the book are unhappy with this movie, and I probably would be, too, as Christie was a master. For some reason, her stories are often changed when adapted to screen. I have no idea why.

So I will have to review the movie as a standalone. Poirot attends a party given by a most peculiar individual, Shaitana (Alexander Siddig) who is murdered in the middle of the party. The question is, whodunit? Poirot believes the Shaitana said something at the party that frightened one of the guests. As he investigates further, he realizes that everyone has a secret they'd rather not be revealed.

I really enjoyed this. Suchet is just perfect as Poirot, and it's amazing that he's been playing this role for so many years, just remarkable. The acting was uniformly good, with Zoe Wanamaker a standout as Ariadne Oliver, and Alexander Siddig as Shaitana.

The murder mystery kept me interested, and while the production values were not as lavish as the Australian productions -- which really butcher Christie's books -- it was still well done.

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