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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
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
very simplistic, 11 April 2014
Author: xava-lynn from somewhere

For some reason when I was younger, I ignored Agatha Christie stories. In the past few years, I've discovered them from borrowing audio books from the library and greatly enjoyed them - which let me to start reading as well. And so I was delighted to find out about the Poirot series. The few I've seen that I'd read were true to her stories, and those that I'd not read always left me impressed with her writing and tight plots, and left me guessing until the end "who dun it". One really couldn't miss a minute of it.

Therefore I expected so much more from this episode. In fact, until I looked at the other reviews, I really did not think it was based on a 'real' Agatha Christie story. I thought it was written by someone else just using the character. It was just too simplistic and obvious. But as always, the settings are beautiful, although I was still left very disappointed with the plot line. That said, I still have hope for other episodes in the series.

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