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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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 »


Mr. Shaitana: Dr. Roberts.
Dr. Roberts: Good to see you, Shaitana. I'm not late, am I? An elderly patient called me out. She thought she had a tumor; I thought she was depressed.
Mr. Shaitana: And what did you prescribe?
Dr. Roberts: Champagne and oysters at Wilton's. She'll be right as rain by tomorrow.
Ariadne Oliver: [to Poirot] Remind me never to go to him if I'm poorly.
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Excellent drama: striking characters, good plot and the always grand Suchet.
20 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many of the reviews badly distort the quality of this film. I have seen many Poirot films lately and find them of high quality, especially compared to other movies and t.v. shows currently on view.

This film is condemned by many for various reason: subj. of homosexuality; campy; plot not presented well; not faithful adaptation of the novel; (comparing these cinematic renderings with the novels is superfluous when not wholly odious--give it a rest Christie fanatics). In fact, the film is quite good and good in large part because it renders the mystery in an unconventional fashion. The premise that brings the various characters together at the place the murder is committed is compelling, if not wholly unique. Poirot is given pride of place, not slighted by having to share the screen with other fine actors. Also, the character who starts it all is quite believable, especially in 2009, a time in which anything is believed and acted upon.

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