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

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Nick Dear (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 2)
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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 »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

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)
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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
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Sian Turner .... make-up: David Suchet's
 
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
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
Matt Poynter .... focus puller
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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | UK:12 (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG
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Goofs:
Anachronisms: When a worker is nailing a board over a broken window at Shaitana's place, he is using a modern nail gun, not the hammer and nails that would have been used in the Thirties.See more »
Quotes:
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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adaptation of Christie book, 19 April 2012
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Unfortunately I have to judge this Poirot film on its own merits as I read the book so long ago I can't remember it enough to know how it was changed.

I realize that people who are familiar with the book are unhappy with this movie, and I probably would be, too, as Christie was a master. For some reason, her stories are often changed when adapted to screen. I have no idea why.

So I will have to review the movie as a standalone. Poirot attends a party given by a most peculiar individual, Shaitana (Alexander Siddig) who is murdered in the middle of the party. The question is, whodunit? Poirot believes the Shaitana said something at the party that frightened one of the guests. As he investigates further, he realizes that everyone has a secret they'd rather not be revealed.

I really enjoyed this. Suchet is just perfect as Poirot, and it's amazing that he's been playing this role for so many years, just remarkable. The acting was uniformly good, with Zoe Wanamaker a standout as Ariadne Oliver, and Alexander Siddig as Shaitana.

The murder mystery kept me interested, and while the production values were not as lavish as the Australian productions -- which really butcher Christie's books -- it was still well done.

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