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 »


Hercule Poirot: If God should withhold His mercy from anyone on Earth, Monsieur, it surely will be you.
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I had been looking forward to the screening of this episode and i wasn't let down.
3 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I honestly enjoyed this episode and it finished of the 3/3 very nicely. Yes they are don't a little different to the series of the last decade or so. However, this changes were welcome by me and added a new dimension to the show. The characters are so well played and the guilty seem all the more real and frightening. In this episode we see a bit more of Poirot's passionate side, the side of him that loves life and hates anything that tries to or does end it.

As always Poirot is played excellently by Mr Suchet, and I'm always impressed at how well this seemingly physically weak man (the character Poirot)comes across as a strong willed and potent person if ever to cross him with that he hates the most, taking life.

As I said above, i thought the guilty seemed more frightening. This is I think because they appear evil, as well as cunning. At times throughout the show I couldn't help feel the Poirot himself was in danger, which in past series of Poirot this feeling for the character hasen't really appeared.

I hope that the last 3 episodes, including this one are released on DVD if they arn't already. I'd be quite happy to own a copy.

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