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
Suspenseful, fun, well-made, another winner of the series
Agatha Christie's Poirot is a truly wonderful series, always full of top notch production values, a great sense of atmosphere, well-composed music, intelligently written and interesting stories, clever dialogue with the odd funny moment and actors that play their roles with gusto. The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman is no exception, second only to The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb as the best of the fifth series and one of the standouts of the "short-story" episodes(my personal favourites being Wasp's Nest and The Chocolate Box) The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman has everything I love about the Poirot series. Superb production values, from the splendid scenery to the photography that has a very elegant and cinematic feel to it, and a hauntingly beautiful score are just two of the great things about the episode. On top of that, the writing is intelligent and moves the story along very nicely, with some comedic touches that don't jar with the mood, a meticulous atmosphere and a suspenseful and never less than thrilling story. David Suchet still continues to be outstanding as Poirot, and Hugh Fraser, Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran clearly seem to be enjoying themselves in roles that are more pivotal than other Poirots before it.
Overall, yet another winner of one of the classiest series of its kind ever made. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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