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Original Air Date:
11 December 2005 (Season 10, Episode 3)
When a man disinherits his sole beneficiary and bequeaths his wealth to others just prior to his death, Poirot is called in to investigate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Anthony ... Vicar (as Phillip Anthony)

Robert Bathurst ... Gilbert Entwhistle
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Maude Abernethie
John Carson ... Richard Abernethie

Kevin Doyle ... Inspector Morton

Michael Fassbender ... George Abernethie

Fiona Glascott ... Rosamund

Geraldine James ... Helen Abernethie

Dominic Jephcott ... Dr. Larraby
Vicky Ogden ... Janet

Julian Ovenden ... Michael Shane

Lucy Punch ... Susannah Henderson
William Russell ... Lanscombe

Annabel Scholey ... 'Miss Sorrel'

Anthony Valentine ... Giovanni Gallaccio

Benjamin Whitrow ... Timothy Abernethie

Monica Dolan ... Miss Gilchrist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean O'Connor ... Driver (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Maurice Phillips 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Philomena McDonagh (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion plc.
Helga Dowie .... line producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Television Networks
Trevor Hopkins .... producer
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: A&E Television Networks
David Suchet .... associate producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
Cinematography by
David Higgs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Garrick 
Casting by
Maureen Duff 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Denise Ball 
Pilar Foy 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Christine Greenwood .... makeup designer
Susan Parkinson .... makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Kate Roberts .... makeup artist
Sian Turner .... David Suchet's make-up
Production Management
Alasdair Whitelaw .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Jonathan Farmer .... 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
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 (as Sarah Morten)
Ashley Reynolds .... sound maintenance engineer
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Paul McFadden .... adr editor (uncredited)
Paul McFadden .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Adam Powell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Filipa Principe .... foley editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Ray Donn .... stunt double: David Suchet (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Fontaine .... lighting gaffer
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Jamie Phillips .... clapper loader
Matt Poynter .... focus puller
Steve Pugh .... grip
Erin Stevens .... clapper loader
John Walker .... best boy
Andy Bell .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator (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
Adam Harvey .... assistant editor
Sion Penny .... on-line editor (as Siôn Penny)
Lee Twohey .... colourist
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
Sean O'Connor .... driver: David Suchet (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Baker .... assistant coordinator
Thom Green .... production runner
Paula Jack .... dialect coach
Gail Kennett .... production executive
Jude Liknaitzky .... script editor
Peter Mares .... publicist
Rebecca Maybury .... assistant accountant
Suzanne McGeachan .... script supervisor (as Suzie Clegg)
Gina Nocero .... senior publicist: A & E
Emily Perowne .... floor runner
Sheila Price .... production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tom Stourton .... location manager
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator (as Rebecca Suton)
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Beth Willis .... script editor
Andrew Dalmahoy .... location manager (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medical coordinator (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

USA:120 min (including commercials) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 | UK:PG (video rating) (2006) | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

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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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"Goodie!"...for the most part, 22 February 2010
Author: El Cine from Southeastern Massachusetts

As I recall from the time more than ten years ago when I read "After the Funeral," the book left me underwhelmed for some reason -- moreso than it should've, considering its criminal scheme is a neat idea, and a very Christie-ish one. A few bits do stand out in my memory, namely "Goodie! I shall go to Capri.", and The Willow Tree.

This Suchet film version smartly preserves these for the most part, and is one of the less flawed episodes of the 21st century wave. The basic clues to reach the bottom of the mystery are there, but the movie could draw better attention to them. Our chance to recognize them is too quick and oblique. A few brief mystery subplots are basically revealed to us only for surprise, without clues and detective work.

The story is disadvantaged by the way it revolves around rich, self-absorbed people whining and backbiting about their inheritances. Especially in an age of economic recession, this is a very unimportant topic to watch in a movie. Certainly it's hard to relate to this topic or have sympathy for the characters.

However, the film compensates for this with witty consideration of the theme of England's class system and the status of servants. At the center of this is the Gilchrist character, paid companion and doer of light housework for a bohemian woman who's at least somewhat connected to her wealthy family. Gilchrist insists (with a touch of snobbery) that she has never considered herself a servant. Unfortunately for her, other snobby characters presumptuously treat her like one.

Along this line, one of the most interesting, complex characters is Susannah Henderson, apparently a reworking of a book character. Despite being the only member of the Abernethie clan whose life work is that of charity, Henderson herself is not free of snobbery.

She seems to very much believe in her mission. She puts her money where her mouth is, willing to move to Africa to do her charity work. She also speaks sympathetically of derided characters like Cora Gallaccio.

Yet Henderson has a bit of an air to her. Watch how, when she arrives at Gilchrist's house, she wordlessly holds up her suitcase, expecting Gilchrist to take it as if she were a maid, rather than her hostess. Apparently a young lady from a rich family expects this of a lower class paid companion. Throughout her time at Gilchrist's house, Henderson also ignores or interrupts her even while acting with nominal friendliness.

I could've done without the bit of anti-abortionism injected at one point (and not for the only time this season). If the character who injects this sentiment hates the "sordidness" of back alley abortion clinics so much, perhaps the answer is to advocate for safe, legal clinics and social acceptance.

Like other recent Poirots, humor is deemphasized, but there are some nice touches of Poirot's fussiness and vanity during some of his exchanges with Entwhistle.

(Entwhistle meanwhile is a dull Hastings stand-in who also serves the opening exposition about all the suspects, a group from an extensive family tree who are done no favors by the rushed, confusing intro.)

My favorite humor here is something that's almost a running gag but which is probably unintentional. You kind of have to look for it. Under the pretense of staying at the Abernethie mansion to investigate the murder (which didn't even take place anywhere near there), Poirot seems to enjoy frequent snacks and tea breaks at a cloth-covered table on the terrace, at the Abernethies' expense. He has a good gig going on.

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