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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Cards on the Table (2005)

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Writers:
Agatha Christie (novel)
Nick Dear (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 2)
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Slow and Camp See more (31 total) »

Cast

 (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
 
Stunts
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

Runtime:
USA:120 min (including commercials) | 94 min (approx.) | Finland:93 min (excluding commercials) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | UK:12 (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[Last line. Poirot is looking at Shaitana's portrait]
Hercule Poirot:So, we have played, and Hercule Poirot, he has won.
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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Slow and Camp, 21 April 2006
Author: dariel_666 from United Kingdom

The makers of Poirot chose to follow up a snails-pace adaptation of Mystery of the Blue Train, with an even slower version of Cards on the Table. Viewers with heart or blood pressure problems should be warned as this programme could slow your heart to a complete stop.

Part of the reason for this is the insistence of sticking quite closely to the novel (apart from changing two characters and the events of the last fifteen minutes). This renders it somewhat stagy, and the longueurs in front of the fire or two show up the set make this worse.

Then - just before the end - it completely turns on its head - there's a bizarre lesbian fight; and the murderer is revealed to be an evil homosexual (and that's the extent of the motivation). Poirot is left at the end to condemn people for engaging in immoral acts and makes us question the bachelor Poirot's own predilections; but also leaves a very nasty taste in the mouth, so to speak. "Poirot" never used to be this camp or sordid, did it? To sum up: whole thing looks very pretty, and one or two of the cast do quite well (though at least two of the characters appear to have had their voices dubbed by other actors); but this is Suchet's worst performance in the role to date, and the less said about Star Trek's Alexander Siddig the better. The best part of the entire thing for me were the fake Egyptian back drops in the flashback sequences.

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