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Agatha Christie (novel)
Nick Dear (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 2)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Did the screenwriter read Mrs. Christie's book? See more (32 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

James Alper ... Shaitana's Butler
Philip Bowen ... Mr Luxmore
Cordelia Bugeja ... Mrs Luxmore
Zigi Ellison ... Mrs Craddock

Tristan Gemmill ... Major Despard

Alex Jennings ... Dr Roberts

Lucy Liemann ... Miss Burgess

Lesley Manville ... Mrs Lorrimer

Lyndsey Marshal ... Miss Meredith
Jenny Ogilvie ... Millie

Robert Pugh ... Colonel Hughes

Douglas Reith ... Serge Mureau

Alexander Siddig ... Shaitana

Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver

Honeysuckle Weeks ... Miss Dawes

David Westhead ... Supt. Jim Wheeler
Philip Wright ... Sgt. O'Connor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Ford ... Woman in Art Gallery (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Guest at Exhibition (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sarah Harding 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Nick Dear (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: for Chorion Plc.
Helga Dowie .... line producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: for A&E Television Networks
Trevor Hopkins .... producer
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: for A&E Television Networks
David Suchet .... associate producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
Cinematography by
David Marsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Rees 
Casting by
Maureen Duff 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Denise Ball 
Pilar Foy 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Anita Burger .... makeup artist (as Anita Berger)
Christine Greenwood .... makeup designer
Sian Miller .... make-up: David Suchet's (as Sian Turner)
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Production Management
Alasdair Whitelaw .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
David Crabtree .... first assistant director
Rachael Haston .... third assistant director
Emily Perowne .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... property master
David Lewis .... production buyer
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props
Joanne Ridler .... stand-by art director
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Tone Gibbs .... dressing props (uncredited)
Emma Godwin .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Paul Mitchell .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Alsop .... sound trainee
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... sound maintenance engineer
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Adam Powell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Filipa Principe .... foley editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects
Ray Donn .... stunt double: David Suchet (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Evans .... grip
Martin Foley .... camera operator
Dan Fontaine .... lighting gaffer
Matthew Poynter .... focus puller (as Matt Poynter)
John Walker .... best boy
Andy Bell .... electrician (uncredited)
Erin Stevens .... second focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Gill .... costume
Charlotte Mitchell .... costume
Philip O'Connor .... dresser: David Suchet's (as Phil O'Connor)
Gabrielle Spanswick .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colourist
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Adam Harvey .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
John Doran .... transport captain
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
Sean O'Connor .... driver: David Suchet (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Baker .... assistant coordinator
Natalie Cheary .... publicist
Thom Green .... production runner
Peter Hale .... stand-in: David Suchet's
Gail Kennett .... production executive
Rebecca Maybury .... assistant accountant
Gina Nocero .... senior publicist: A&E
Sheila Price .... production accountant
Carol Saunderson .... script supervisor
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tom Stourton .... location manager
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Beth Willis .... script editor
Martin Carey .... marine assistant (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medical coordinator (uncredited)
Paula Jack .... on-set dialect coach: Lyndsey Marshal (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
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Additional Details

USA:120 min (including commercials) | 94 min (approx.) | Finland:93 min (excluding commercials) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-11 (2007) (DVD) | Netherlands:6 | UK:12 (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG
Filming Locations:

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Hercule Poirot:The question is, can Hercule Poirot possibly by wrong?
Mrs. Lorrimer:No one can always be right.
Hercule Poirot:But I am! Always I am right. It is so invariable it startles me. And now it looks very much as though I may be wrong, and that upsets me. But I should not be upset, because I am right. I must be right because I am never wrong.
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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Did the screenwriter read Mrs. Christie's book?, 5 May 2006
Author: jmhart-1 from United States

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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