Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 1, Episode 1

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (8 Jan. 1989)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (original title)

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Poirot probes the disappearance of a wealthy woman's cook, and soon uncovers an elaborate plot to hide an ever darker crime.

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Brigit Forsyth ...
Mrs. Todd
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Arthur Simpson
Freda Dowie ...
Eliza Dunn
Anthony Carrick ...
Mr. Todd (as Antony Carrick)
Katy Murphy ...
Annie
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Porter (as Daniel Webb)
Richard Bebb ...
Mr. Cameron
Brian Poyser ...
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Frank Vincent ...
Purser
Phillip Manikum ...
Jona Jones ...
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Poirot is approached by a Mrs. Todd, whose cook, Eliza Dunn, has suddenly disappeared. Poirot manages to track down the cook , and she tells him that a stranger, acting for a law firm, told her that she had inherited a property in the North of England but she had to go there immediately. Her heavy trunk was called for but it was deposited at the train station, where Poirot makes an interesting discovery, connected to a recent bank robbery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Captain Hastings: Husband put head in gas oven; home life happy.
Hercule Poirot: No.
Captain Hastings: Belgravia and Overseas Bank clerk absconds with fortune.
Hercule Poirot: How much is this fortune?
Captain Hastings: Uh... ninety thousand pounds.
Hercule Poirot: No.
Captain Hastings: That's a king's ransom, Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: When it is used to ransom a king, it becomes interesting to Poirot.
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A good start to the series
24 September 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It is interesting to see this, the very first episode, of the Poirot series. All the regular characters are introduced, but they are still finding their way, which is understandable. This applies especially to Suchet, who, particularly at the beginning of the episode, is not quite the Poirot of later stories. Japp is grimmer and gruffer than he otherwise will be.

The period settings are very good, but one of the costumes -- that of Mrs Todd -- is like something from amateur dramatics and doesn't quite match the rest.

The story is an interesting, if preposterous, one and is well presented.


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