Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Taken at the Flood 

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:
Rowley Cloade
Amanda Douge ...
Frances Cloade
Claire Hackett ...
Beatrice Lippincott
Supt. Harold Spence
Major James Porter
Jeremy Cloade


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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Release Date:

17 December 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[last lines]
Lynn Marchmont: Write to me, M. Poirot. I like your letters.
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The best, and indeed the most dark and haunting, of this year's films from the Poirot team.
7 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Taken at the flood" is in my opinion the best, and indeed the most dark and haunting, of this year's films from the Poirot team. Based on yet another cleverly structured murder mystery from Agatha Christie, this dramatisation is absolutely crammed with webs within webs, lovely scenery, and many fine acting performances from a large, enormously star-studded, cast. Apart from the always brilliant David Suchet in the leading role, Elliot Cowan in particular made an impression amongst the supporting actors, giving a delightfully menacing and genuinely haunting performance as David Hunter. This adaptation might not always be completely true to Christie's original novel, but still a truly recommended hour and a half of well-made television!

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