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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Release Date:

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 »


Ariadne Oliver: I've no idea who the older lady is, Mrs. Lorrimer, but she and the young one
[referring to Anne Meredith]
Ariadne Oliver: have been throwing glances at each other in the most odd manner. Who's the policeman?
Hercule Poirot: Superintendent Wheeler of Scotland Yard.
Ariadne Oliver: [judging Wheeler's expression] Bowel trouble, that would be my guess. And your friend, from the Foreign Office?
Hercule Poirot: Oh, that is Colonel Hughes.
Ariadne Oliver: Secret Service, is he?
Hercule Poirot: [pointedly] Jen sais pas.
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M. Poirot enters a dangerous game with the eccentric collector, Mr. Shaitana...
11 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhere along the new episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot, the production changed the characters' personalities and plots more than they ever did in the charming and beautifully-produced earlier shows--and not for the better, mind you. In this show, Cards on the Table, it's getting worse. Most fans will be dreadfully disappointed after all this wait! Not only did this production rewrote the plot of the well-written original book to a disagreeable degree, but also injected some outlandish notions into the characters who were perfectly formed in the original. We have to ask the production: what's wrong with Dame Agatha's characterization of Superintendent Battle and Mrs. Oliver? The actors may be good performers in their own right, but they are wrong cast for these characters. May we give the production an advice? Please don't try too hard to be "hip". The timeless value of Poirot series will pay off in the long run. And, maybe not for this particular title, but we miss Captain Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon in your new series very much!

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