With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Lady Chatterton asks for Poirot's assistance when she comes to fear for the safety of her friend, Marguerite Clayton. Specifically, she is convinced that Marguerite's husband Edward Clayton, known for his violent temper, will kill her. Poirot is invited to a party in order to meet Clayton, but he never shows up. The next day, Poirot finds himself being interviewed by Inspector Japp when Edward Clayton's body is found hidden in an elaborate Spanish chest located in the same room as the party the previous evening. When Marguerite's friend Major Rich is arrested for the murder, Poirot correctly deduces the true nature of the crime and the identity of the culprit. Written by
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You think it is wrong, Hastings, to enjoy the compliments, or the 'buttering,' as you say?
No, but, uh, do you have to show it quite so much? Not English.
Perhaps it is Belgian. Hastings, why should I be the hypocrite, to blush when I am praised, and to say like you, "It is nothing." Hmph! I have the order, the method, and the psychology. There, I admit it. I am the best. I am Hercule Poirot.
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"Firstly I am not a bloody little frog, I am a bloody little Belgian"
While one of the lesser Poirot adaptations it is still memorable. The pacing is a little uneven, Ken Grieve's direction is merely okay and I guessed the identity of the murderer halfway through too. However, it is beautifully filmed with a great background score, complete with a very chilling murder method, atmospheric opening sequence and the duel in the past. And I loved Poirot's indignation at being called a "bloody little frog" hence the review's title. The acting is typically fine with David Suchet outstanding, Hugh Fraser and Phillip Jackson solid and Caroline Langrische breathtakingly beautiful. Overall, good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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