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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 / Mrs 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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Did You Know?

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:
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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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
who wrote this? not Agatha Christie!, 20 February 2006
Author: (lao-2) from Chicago

I was appalled to see tonight's airing of "Cards on the Table." It was one of my favorite stories that I first read thirty years ago.

The whole premise is interesting: 4 suspects, 4 sleuths, and an audacious murder committed in the same room as the other suspects.

The unraveling requires an analysis of the play of several hands of bridge and a psychological comparison of the suspects (rather like Philo Vance's analysis of a poker game in the earlier "The 'Canary' Murder Case", which may have been an inspiration for "Cards").

I am not a purist. One expects a couple of details of a book's plot to be changed for dramatization or conciseness. And sometimes, the coincidences Dame Agatha employs strain credulity.

However, this filmed version was so radically altered from the book, that despite having re-read it last year, I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.

Although the murderer remained the same, much of the back story, and the motivations and ultimate fates of several characters (both main and secondary) were completely different.

It was followed by an airing of "The Under Dog." It reminded me that the film adaptations of the Poirot short stories are frequently much different than the written versions (this one has a larger role for Miss Lemon, who makes rather silly attempts at hypnotism); however, the novels are usually more faithfully done.

I hope "After the Funeral" (another favorite story of mine being released this year) fares better. Unfortunately, I've already noticed, by viewing the notes for the cast list here at IMDb.com, that the character responsible for setting the plot in motion is missing. Where is Cora Abernethie Lansquenet?

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