When a woman is found shot in her flat after Bonfire Night, Poirot is enlisted to decipher whether the victim died by her own hand, or by someone else's.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Juliette Mole ...
Jane Plenderleith
David Yelland ...
Laverton West
Major Eustace
Gabrielle Blunt ...
Mrs. Pierce
John Cording ...
Barrie Cookson ...
Dr. Brett
Christopher Brown ...
Bob Bryan ...
Beccy Wright ...
Nicholas Delve ...
Moya Ruskin ...


Poirot is enlisted by Japp to help solve a mystery that took place on Bonfire Night in a mews flat. A Mrs. Allen was found shot, apparently a suicide, but she was holding the gun that killed her in the wrong hand, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, the ash-tray in the room contained the stubs of Turkish cigarettes smoked by one Major Eustace, a disreputable acquaintance.The victim was engaged to be married and seemingly had no cause to take her own life. Did she? Or was it murder in the mews? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

15 January 1989 (UK)  »

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| (36 episodes)


(Eastman Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Yelland, who plays Laverton West here, later returned as a series regular. He played Poirot's valet, George, in seven episodes from 2006-2013. See more »


Right before the camera moves away from the blonde murder victim for the last time, her fingers are twitching. See more »


[first lines]
Hercule Poirot: Hastings, my friend, tell me: to blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
Captain Hastings: Oh, it's no good asking me, old son. I was never much of a one for politics. Where's Mrs Japp tonight, then?
Chief Inspector Japp: She can't abide fireworks.
Hercule Poirot: Ah, the noise disturbs the delicate sensibilities of many ladies.
Chief Inspector Japp: Maybe, maybe. I think it's more that she doesn't like to see people enjoying themselves.
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By Oliver Wallace and Harold Weeks
[female nightclub singer]
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yeah, but no....
12 July 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Having been a fan of Agatha Christie since I could read adult books I found it lacked a certain something.

The telly movie was entertaining and this was the second one that was made, so i suppose all the characters are not yet got into the swing of things yet. Mind you this was made in 1989 and the series is still going in 2007, so they must have did something right.

I am just watching the TV movies now on DVD. The DVD are the ones that are coming out every two weeks, this one is number 22 in the series.

One of the better ones is "After the Flood", nice juicy plots that center around dysfunctional families, remind me of home, but with the murder.

One of my most favorite Agatha Christie is "Then there was none", not a Poirot mystery, but an ingenious plot never the less. Another one that has never been filmed is "Death comes as an end" set in Ancient Egypt around 2000 bc. Again dysfunctional family bumping members off.

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