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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1993)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 5: Episode 1 -- After an archaeological dig turns deadly, Poirot must distinguish between ordinary evil and an other-worldly curse.


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Original Air Date:
17 January 1993 (Season 5, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings

Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon

Rolf Saxon ... 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

Mozaffar Shafeie ... Hassan
Peter Reeves ... Sir John Willard

Robert Wisdom ... Waiter (as Bob Wisdom)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bebb ... Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Barber-Fleming  (as Peter Barber Fleming)
Writing credits
Clive Exton (dramatized by)

Agatha Christie  short story "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" (uncredited)

Produced by
Brian Eastman .... producer
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
Dominic Fulford .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Norman G. Langley (director of photography) (as Norman Langley)
Film Editing by
Chris Wimble 
Casting by
Kate Day 
Rebecca Howard 
Production Design by
Tim Hutchinson 
Art Direction by
Mark Raggett 
Set Decoration by
Desmond Crowe 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kronig 
Makeup Department
Kate Bower .... makeup artist
Janis Gould .... makeup supervisor
Patricia Kirkman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Denise O'Dell .... production manager: Spanish Crew
Guy Tannahill .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bennett .... assistant director
Dominic Fysh .... assistant director
Carlos Lázaro .... assistant director: Spanish Crew (as Carlos Lazaro)
Gerry Toomey .... assistant director
Art Department
Alan Booth .... construction manager
Mickey Lennon .... property master (as Micky Lennon)
Mike Smith .... production buyer
Sound Department
Paul Botham .... boom operator
Colin Codner .... sound assistant
Alan Killick .... dubbing
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist
Rupert Scrivener .... dubbing
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Alcorn .... camera operator (as Steven Alcorn)
Ray Cooper .... clapper/loader
John Etherington .... grip
Vince Goddard .... gaffer
Danny Shelmerdine .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe
Lisa Johnson .... wardrobe
Neil Sweetmore .... wardrobe
Vernon White .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Christian Wheeler .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Beharrell .... accounts
Juan Carlos Caro .... locations: Spanish Crew
Sue Field .... script supervisor
Penelope Forrester .... accounts
Pat Gavin .... titles
Leila Kirkpatrick .... production coordinator
Jeremy Oldfield .... locations
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

UK:50 min (36 episodes)
UK:PG (video rating) (1999) (2005)

Did You Know?

Anachronisms: 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...
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The one about the curse on you if you open a tomb, 24 October 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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