When a reclusive painter is found dead, Poirot finds the vital clue in the dead man's last meal.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Howard ...
George Lorrimer
Tommy Pinner
Charles Pemberton ...
Geoffrey Larder ...
Harry Clarke
Denys Hawthorne ...
Holly De Jong ...
Dulcie Lang
Philip Locke ...
Hilary Mason ...
Mrs. Hill
Marjie Lawrence ...
Irene Mullen


The estranged, elderly Gascoigne brothers are found dead within days of each other. The one, Anthony, died in his home in Brighton in circumstances that give no cause for suspicion. The other brother, Henry, an eccentric, reclusive painter, however, has fallen downstairs and been dead for some time before his death is discovered. Poirot had been eating in the same restaurant as Henry just before the death. Henry had been pointed out as a creature of habit, a man who always ate exactly the same meal on every visit. On this last occasion, though, he had had a completely different set of courses, which leads Poirot to suspect foul play. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 January 1989 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Doctor: There's very little I can do for him now, Mrs Hill. He's very weak.
Mrs. Hill: Oh dear! Is there no hope?
Doctor: I'm afraid not. It's more a matter of hours, rather than days, now. Doesn't Mr Anthony have any relatives?
Mrs. Hill: There's a brother, Henry, but they haven't spoken in twenty years.
Doctor: No one else?
Mrs. Hill: Well, yes. There's Mr George, his nephew, in London. I expect he'd want to know.
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Intriguing mystery
17 July 2016 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Poirot and Hastings are dining with Poirot's dentist one evening when the waitress points out an eccentric-looking man in the corner. He is Henry Gascoigne, an artist and a man of set routines. Yet he has been varying his habits of late. A few days later Poirot is at his dentist when he is informed that Mr Gascoigne died, apparently by falling down a flight of stairs at his house. For Poirot, the change of habits and sudden death seem too coincidental and he starts looking into Gascoigne's death, suspecting it was murder.

Quite intriguing. The murderer is not obvious until the end (though a process of elimination sort of gets there before then). A few good red herrings and twists too.

Some good by-play between Hastings and Poirot involving cricket (Hastings was due to move on from cars...) and the usual English vs continental food banter.

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