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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Shaitana's Butler
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Mr Luxmore
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Mrs Luxmore
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Mrs Craddock
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Major Despard
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Dr Roberts
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Miss Meredith
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Millie
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Colonel Hughes
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Serge Mureau
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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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Shaitana uses what appears to be a gas cigarette lighter. Poirot is set in the 1930s and gas lighters were invented in the 1940s. See more »

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Ariadne Oliver: [at the gallery] ... Some of these pieces are terribly revealing. For instance what do you make of that.
[nodding at a sculpture]
Hercule Poirot: I do not know what to make of it Madame Oliver.
Ariadne Oliver: Not symmetrical enough for you?
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Did the screenwriter read Mrs. Christie's book?
5 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching the Mystery of the Blue Train and how badly it was adapted to the screen, I didn't think that they could do any worse. But I was wrong. Mrs. Christie did a great job with the book but the screenwriter changed it so badly that it was hard to recognize the story line. First, there were no pictures of Supt Battle and he wasn't homosexual in the book. The movie gave the impression that Anne and Rhoda were lovers, but in the book, both were lusting over Major Despard, especially Rhoda. And Mrs. Lorrimer was not Anne's mother - where did they get that ridiculous idea!! In the book Anne was the one who drowned, not Rhoda. They never touched on the doctor's murder spree of having killed four people - including Mrs. Lorrimer. Mrs. Christie made reference to Mr. Shaitana's "queer" parties but that was the only reference that could be interpreted as homosexual. The screenwriter seemed to have this fixation on homosexuality. It really didn't add anything to the story line. David Suchet is "Poirot". After seeing him in so many of the other Poirot productions, I can't imagine him being associated with the last four that were done. I hope that any future Poirots will be truer to the books that Mrs. Christie wrote.


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