Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 5, Episode 5

The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (14 Feb. 1993)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (original title)

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Poirot investigates the murder of an Italian count who was also the employer of Miss Lemon's new boyfriend. He soon learns that the victim was being targeted by a blackmailer.



(short story "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman"), (dramatisation)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Preston ...
Mr. Graves
Anna Mazzotti ...
Margherita Fabbri
David Neal ...
Bruno Vizzini
Mario Ascanio (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Count Foscatini
Alberto Janelli ...
Arthur Cox ...
1st Secretary
Ben Bazell ...
David Verrey ...
Janet Lees-Price ...
Miss Rider (as Janet Lees Price)


Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings find themselves investigating the murder of Count Foscatini, who was found in his flat. As it turns out, the dead man's valet, Mr. Graves, has been dating Miss Lemon and has been less than honest with her about his profession. As for the dead nobleman, the police believe he was being blackmailed. The Italian Embassy denies any knowledge of the man and denies that he had any official role in the country. Poirot doubts the veracity of their claims but also concludes that others are lying as well. Written by garykmcd

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[last lines]
Hercule Poirot: Miss Lemon, Edwin has been arrested.
Miss Lemon: Edwin?
Hercule Poirot: Yes, M-Monsieur Graves.
Miss Lemon: Good. It's about time!
Hercule Poirot: Miss Lemon...
Miss Lemon: Do you know what he was going to do?
Hercule Poirot: Non.
Miss Lemon: He was going to have to move out of Count Foscatini's flat, so he was going to have the Count's cat destroyed. Couldn't be bothered to find a home for it.
[the cat enters, meowing loudly at Poirot]
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Wonderful entry in an outstanding series
4 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How nice it is to have Poirot back working with the entire team of Hastings, Japp, and Lemon. Miss Lemon's budding romance with Mr. Graves is intriguing and reminds me of how I recollect Christie first introducing the Miss Lemon character. She said something to the effect that Miss Lemon was one of the thousands of women of her generation who remained single because so many young men were killed in World War I. The stark reminder of the devastation of that war on a whole generation made a big impression on me over forty years ago. The story concerns Poirot's investigation of the murder of an Italian diplomat. Suspicion falls upon a man who may have been blackmailing him. Aside, obviously, for the murder itself, this is a quite a light hearted episode and Poirot's final expression in the show is priceless.

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