Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 5, Episode 6

The Chocolate Box (21 Feb. 1993)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Chocolate Box (original title)

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While in Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded the brilliance of his 'little grey cells.'

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Rosalie Crutchley ...
Madame Deroulard
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Virginie Mesnard
David de Keyser ...
Gaston Beaujeu
Jonathan Hackett ...
Claude Chantalier
Geoffrey Whitehead ...
Xavier St. Alard
Mark Eden ...
Boucher
Jonathan Barlow ...
Jean-Louis Ferraud
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Paul Deroulard
Preston Lockwood ...
Francois
Linda Broughton ...
Denise
Kirsten Clark ...
Jeanette
Michael Beint ...
Coroner
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Marianne Deroulard
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Accompanying Inspector Japp to Brussels, who is receiving an award from the Belgian government, Hercule Poirot tells him a case from 20 years before. Poirot was a young policeman at the time and at the request of Virginie Mesnard, agrees to investigate the death of rising young politician, Paul Deroulard. The courts had already ruled that he had died of a heart attack, but she believes he was murdered. Poirot believed Deroulard had been poisoned, likely from a box of chocolates he had been given by an aristocrat, Xavier St. Alard. In the end, Poirot identified the killer, even obtaining a confession, but chose not to make it public, for reasons that he explains to his colleagues. Written by garykmcd

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The filming locations are carefully chosen as some of the finest in Brussels. However, when Poirot and Japp arrive in "Gare de Bruxelles" - Brussels station, it is actually filmed in Antwerp. Brussels South station, as it would have been for Poirot to arrive from England, has been demolished in the 1950s. Other locations include the Grand Place (bronze statue of t'Serclaes), the tramway museum in Brussels Woluwe, the Cinquantenaire park and triumphal arch, the St-Jan and St-Stephanuschurch. Furthermore the court scenes were filmed in the Brussels Palais of Justice, which was the biggest built in the 19th century in Europe at the time. See more »

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Paul Deroulard: Can't you understand! It's our future and Belgium's future that I'm thinking of! The Catholic church has narrowed your mind, Marianne, just as it has my mother's.
Marianne Deroulard: But don't you see, Paul? You keep asking me to choose between *you* and my *faith*.
Paul Deroulard: I can't believe what you're saying, Marianne. You mean fresh ideas have no place in your mind? My God, we're into a new century, but you are *stuck* in the last! Just like your damned clergy.
Marianne Deroulard: Attacking the church won't help Belgium, Paul. ...
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Handsomely mounted and beautifully done
26 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yet another gem from the Poirot series. Beautiful music and sumptuous filming and period detail are definite things to like about this adaptation. The story is simple but easy to follow, and the scripting is wonderful. Even better is David Suchet as Poirot, even when an adaptation is disappointing, not the case here I assure you, Suchet always makes it watchable. As far as I am concerned he IS Poirot, and in this episode he gives a wonderful performance, his younger version of his character was very impressive. Phillip Jackson is more subdued here than he is in an episode like Death in the Clouds, but he is still entertaining as Japp. Anna Chancellor is lovely as Virginie, as she usually always is, while Rosalie Crutchley is outstanding as Madame Deroulard. All in all, just wonderful to watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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