Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 5, Episode 1

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (17 Jan. 1993)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (original title)

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Shortly after opening an ancient Egyptian tomb, members of an English-American museum expedition start dropping off like flies. Can it truly be the Pharaoh's curse? Poirot travels to Egypt to unravel the mystery.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Ames
Olivier Pierre ...
Henry Schneider
Jon Strickland ...
Dr. Fosswell
Bill Bailey ...
Felix Bleibner
Paul Birchard ...
Rupert Bleibner
Simon Cowell-Parker ...
Nigel Harper
Grant Thatcher ...
Sir Guy Willard
Anna Cropper ...
Lady Willard
Peter Reeves ...
Sir John Willard
Waiter (as Bob Wisdom)


Hercule Poirot is called upon to solve a series of mysterious deaths that are centered around the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Sir John Willard died moments after he and a group of archaeologists entered an ancient tomb. The expedition's physician, Dr. Ames, concluded it was a heart attack but soon other members begin to die in mysterious circumstances. One dies of blood poisoning from a relatively mild cut while another dies of tetanus. One member who has returned to New York has taken his own life. Rumors are soon circulating that an Egyptian curse is felling all those who desecrated the ancient tomb. Poirot and Captain Hastings set off for Egypt to determine what is happening and who might be behind it. Written by garykmcd

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The Egyptian flag flying at the camp is the design adopted in 1984 and which was thus contemporary with production of the episode, not that of the kingdom which was overthrown in 1952 and which was thus contemporary with the action of the story. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreader: [voiceover] The pyramids of Egypt, the last surviving of the seven wonders of the world. The latest expedition by famous archaeologist Sir John Willard may soon reveal more of this ancient world's mysteries with the discovery of the tomb of Egyptian king Men-Her-Ra. No doubt there will be rivalry between Doctor Fosswell of the British Museum and Doctor Schneider of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, but keep it friendly, eh, chaps. The local workers' fear of a death curse laid ...
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The one about the curse on you if you open a tomb
24 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb," Agatha Christie calls upon knowledge gained while married to archaeologist Max Mallowan.

Lady Willard, widow of Egyptologist Sir John Willard, consults Poirot. Both her husband and his financier died during the excavation of Pharaoh Men-her-Ra's tomb -- her husband had a heart attack, and the financier, Mr. Bleibner, died of blood poisoning. Bleibner's nephew shot himself a few days later. The newspapers claim an Egyptian curse.

Lady Willard is upset because now her son is going to Egypt to continue his father's work. She's afraid that he's next. Poirot and Hastings head for Egypt. By the time they arrive, there has been another death, this time from tetanus.

Excellent episode, if a serious one, lacking some of the earlier lightness found in Poirot episodes. Still, it's an absorbing plot and well done.

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