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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)
Clive Exton (script consultant)
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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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 (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
Location Management
Richard Dobson .... location manager
Nigel Gostelow .... location manager
Other crew
Sam Donovan .... continuity
Sam Donovan .... production assistant
Pat Gavin .... titles
Mike Littlejohn .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:50 min (36 episodes)
Finland:K-11 (2006) (DVD) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) (1998) (2005)

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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
excellent episode, 13 January 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Even though the device used in this story is similar to another season 1 episode, "The Dream," the actual plot is more interesting and makes for a better experience.

Two brothers, Anthony and Henry Gascoigne, both die within a few days of one another; Anthony dies at home after an illness, and Henry, an artist, lay dead in his apartment for some time before it's realized that he's deceased.

Henry Gascoigne was a man of strict habits, always eating the same meal at the same restaurant at the same time. He also had very particular taste in food. Poirot actually had seen Gascoigne eating there before his death. However, when Poirot saw him, he totally broke with tradition. Poirot immediately suspects something is afoot. He suspects the estranged brother, but then, he's also dead. There's Henry's model, a relative, an agent...Poirot is frustrated as he ticks them off his list.

Excellent episode without many suspects, but still good characters, good writing, and great locations. David Suchet is absolute perfection. Recommended.

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