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
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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19 March 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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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 »


When Poirot is discussing the rubbers of the bridge game he infers that each handwriting sample is different. Other than one rubber where the writing is only physically smaller, the handwriting samples are identical. See more »


Hercule Poirot: [to Mrs. Lorimer] I imagine, Madame, that to you every incident is as clear as if it was yesterday, like a ghost that never goes away.
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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.

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