When a man disinherits his sole beneficiary and bequeaths his wealth to others just prior to his death, Poirot is called in to investigate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Anthony ...
Vicar (as Phillip Anthony)
Gilbert Entwhistle
Maude Abernethie
Inspector Morton
George Abernethie
Helen Abernethie
Dr. Larraby
Susannah Henderson
'Miss Sorrel'


His friend, solicitor Gilbert Entwhistle, asks Hercule Poirot to help solve a riddle and a murder. The riddle has to do with Richard Abernethie's will. It would seem that he changed his will immediately prior to his death, distributing all of his wealth equally among family members but excluding George Abernethie who, in all previous wills, had been the sole beneficiary. The two had supposedly argued recently, but Entwhistle suspects the new will may be a forgery. As for the murder, he would like Poirot to investigate the death of Cora Galaccio, who was violently beaten to death the day after Richard's funeral. She too had inherited from the suspect will, but are the two deaths and the will all part of a greater plot, or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

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26 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Sean O'Connor, who has chauffeured David Suchet to the set since the first season, makes an uncredited appearance as a driver. See more »


When the group gathered after dinner, Rosamund makes a comment referencing a revival of the play "The Miracle Worker", however that play was first adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production, while this Poirot adaptation is set in mid 1930s England. See more »


Hercule Poirot: I am awaiting a concrete piece of evidence - the final piece of the puzzle.
Inspector Morton: What kind of evidence?
Hercule Poirot: I cannot say at the moment - I may be wrong.
Inspector Morton: Doesn't often happen to you.
Hercule Poirot: It has happened twice in my career.
Inspector Morton: That's a relief! To be right all the time might get a bit monotonous.
Hercule Poirot: I do not find it so.
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Poirot at his best
3 October 2015 | by (Gillingham) – See all my reviews

I am simply adding to the already list of hugely positive reviews there are for After the Funeral. It's a very good Poirot novel, but there are so many key elements here that make this production so particularly fine. In terms of setting the house used looks so good, it's so in keeping for the period, the music is fantastic too, there have been a few occasions where the music has been too loud and too obtrusive, not here it fits in well. As it should be though, this one is all about the acting, and it's flawless, there is some fun provided by Timothy and Maud, there is the serious side from Michael Fassbender, the sadness from Susannah, but it's the villain that's the star of the piece, I won't name them just in case, but they are are totally brilliant, and steals the show. As far as Poirot is concerned they don't come much better then this one.

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