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.



(novel), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $8.99 on Amazon Video


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



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
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

19 March 2006 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| | | (11 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alexander Siddig who plays the opening character goes by the name, 'Mr. Shaitana'. Ironically, this name means 'the naughty one' or 'the devil' in Hindi. See more »


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 »


Mr. Shaitana: Typically a woman's weapon is poison, is it not, Poirot?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Why do the producers think they can improve on a classic?
19 March 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of another Agatha Christie Poirot novel has all the right elements that we have come to expect from this series: gorgeous sets, great guest stars, and of course the definitive Poirot, David Suchet, as always impeccable. But oh no no no no no! The producers have totally altered the storyline, adding so many jarring and gratuitous elements, that it's ridiculous.

They've similarly bastardized the Miss Marple story lines with the recent Marple series staring Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple, but thankfully the definitive Miss Marple has already been established (the series starring Joan Hickson). Therefore people can take or leave the McEwan versions. But David Suchet is the SAME definitive Poirot that starred in the marvelous, mostly faithful to the original, Poirot films/episodes that came out in the '80s-early '90s. As such, fans of the series want faithful adaptations, not cynical sexed-up revisionist crap that do not work in any way to improve upon the original.

Cards On The Table is by far the worst David Suchet-lead Poirot film so far. I sincerely hope that the other, new episodes coming up don't stray so far from the original story lines, but I fear the worst.

24 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What season should I start on? mkhobson-15509
Is it Portugal? petzxy
Poirot in books andyblue252525
Ugh, the American accents gardnert73
Agatha Christie plots that wouldn't work in the present-day... sanddragon939
After the Funeral / Murder at a Gallop debbieblackman17
Discuss Cards on the Table (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: