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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1989)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 1: Episode 4 -- Poirot's keen powers of observation and culinary know-how help him solve a murder case.


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Russell Murray (dramatized by)
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Original Air Date:
29 January 1989 (Season 1, Episode 4)
When a reclusive painter is found dead, Poirot finds the vital clue in the dead man's last meal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Another good and entertaining episode See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings

Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp

Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Richard Howard ... George Lorrimer
Tony Aitken ... Tommy Pinner
Charles Pemberton ... Stooge
Geoffrey Larder ... Harry Clarke
Denys Hawthorne ... Bonnington
Holly De Jong ... Dulcie Lang
Clifford Rose ... Makinson
Philip Locke ... Cutter
Hilary Mason ... Mrs. Hill
Cheryl Hall ... Molly
Marjie Lawrence ... Irene Mullen
Su Elliot ... Edith (as Su Elliott)
John Bardon ... Lavatory Attendant
Peter Waddington ... Forensic
Guy Standeven ... Vicar
Andrew Mackintosh ... Doctor
Stephen Pruslin ... Pianist

John Sessions ... Radio Voice Overs (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Renny Rye 
Writing credits
Russell Murray (dramatized by)

Clive Exton (script consultant)

Agatha Christie  short story "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" (uncredited)

Produced by
Linda Agran .... executive producer
Brian Eastman .... producer
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Peter Jessop (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Hudson 
Casting by
Rebecca Howard 
Production Design by
Mike Oxley 
Costume Design by
Linda Mattock 
Makeup Department
Hilary Martin .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Martin Bond .... production manager
David Fitzgerald .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Les Peach .... construction manager
Vanda Vivian .... production buyer
Mark White .... construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
Graham Harris .... dubbing editor
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist (as Sandy Macrae)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Harcourt .... camera operator
Joe Spence .... gaffer
Other crew
Richard Dobson .... location manager
Sam Donovan .... continuity
Sam Donovan .... production assistant
Pat Gavin .... titles
Nigel Gostelow .... location manager
Mike Littlejohn .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:50 min (36 episodes)
UK:U (video rating) (1989) (1998) (2005)

Did You Know?

Anachronisms: During Poirot's and Hastings' visit to a music-hall, a modern 'EXIT' sign is clearly visible in the background.See more »
[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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Another good and entertaining episode, 22 April 2015
Author: Paularoc from United States

As is to be expected from this outstanding series, the production values, costuming, sets (especially the music hall), music, underlying humor, and acting are all top-notch. Suchet is the quintessential Poirot with, however, perhaps a more pronounced display of humor and wit than Poirot of the books. In this outing, an elderly and eccentric artist dies from an apparent accidental fall down the stairs. But Poirot, while having dinner with his dentist friend at Bishop's Chop House had seen Gascoigne on the night of his death. The waitress comments to Poirot and his friend how much Gascoigne has deviated from his previous schedule and dinner choices. When he later hears that Gascoigne died soon after that dinner, Poirot becomes convinced that Gascoigne was murdered. He also learns that Gascoigne's twin brother has also died. Although it doesn't distract from enjoying this episode, it is slightly flawed by having too few suspects and thus it is easy to figure out whodunit. This quibble is more than offset by the running and humorous side story of Hastings' enthusiasm for following a cricket match. Poirot refers to cricket as "Cricket, an English enigma. I don't know of any other game where even the players are uncertain of the rules." This episode is another winner.

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