Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 10, Episode 4

Taken at the Flood (17 Dec. 2006)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Taken at the Flood (original title)

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A young widow is left in sole possession of her late husband's fortune, and her brother refuses to share it with her in-laws - so they enlist Poirot to try to prove that the widow's missing first husband might not be dead after all.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adela Marchmont
Rowley Cloade
Rosaleen / Eileen
David Hunter
Amanda Douge ...
Lynn Marchmont
Frances Cloade
Claire Hackett ...
Beatrice Lippincott
'Aunt' Kathy Cloade
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
Major James Porter
Dr. Lionel Woodward
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Mrs Leadbetter


Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality. Written by garykmcd

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The title is from the words of Brutus in William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", which Poirot (in the novel) quotes: "There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to Fortune". (Poirot is explaining "it is very Shakespearian".) See more »


When Poirot is at the inn examining the murder scene, the "dead" body can be seen breathing. See more »


Adela Marchmont: What marvelous square furniture, Monsieur!
Hercule Poirot: Not a curve in the place, Madame.
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I agree with Nikolas Pontikos
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have just seen "Taken at the Flood" on DVD. I agree that those episodes produced after Japp, Hastings and Lemon were no longer in the story line are not near as entertaining. Poirot is portrayed as almost a different character. He is more harsh and sometimes rude. This is not the Poirot of old. One thing I have noticed about these last four is the transition from one scene to another, especially the scene changes at obvious "commercial breaks". It seems that the episode is so poorly edited that we are missing parts of the presentation. It is as though these DVD's contain copies of the same ones edited for television. If this true, we seem to be cheated. One more thing, The cast shown on IMDb for "Taken at the Flood" includes Hugh Fraser as Hastings and Philip Jackson as Japp. My wife and were excited to see this but alas, they were nowhere to be found in the episode.

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