Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 1, Episode 7

Problem at Sea (19 Feb. 1989)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Problem at Sea (original title)

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Poirot's Mediterranean cruise is disrupted when an unlikeable passenger is found murdered in her stateroom.

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Melissa Greenwood ...
Kitty Mooney
Victoria Hasted ...
Pamela Cregan (as Victoria Hastead)
Roger Hume ...
General Forbes
Ben Aris ...
Captain Fowler
Dorothea Phillips ...
Nelly Morgan
Sheri Shepstone ...
Emily Morgan
Louisa Janes ...
Ismene
John Normington ...
Colonel John Clapperton
Sheila Allen ...
Mrs Clapperton
Ann Firbank ...
Ellie Henderson
James Ottaway ...
Mr Russell
Geoffrey Beevers ...
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While on a Mediterranean cruise, Poirot is asked to investigate the murder of one of the passengers, Mrs. Clapperton who is found stabbed in the chest in her stateroom. She was somewhat haughty and generally disliked by the other passengers. Her henpecked husband, Colonel Clapperton, was ashore for the entire day with two other passengers. General Forbes, who admits to having been in love with the dead woman when they knew each other many years before, says he was having a nap. Then there is Miss Ellie Henderson, who is attracted to Colonel Clapperton but whose wife is in the way of any possible relationship. With everyone having a reasonable alibi, it is left to Poirot to find the killer. Written by garykmcd

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[first lines]
Captain Hastings: The whole art of clay pigeon shooting lies in the timing. Trick is, when I say "Pull"...
[Pamela pulls the release]
Captain Hastings: No.
[He shoots twice]
Captain Hastings: Sorry. My fault, should have warned you there.
Pamela Cregan: Weren't you ready?
Captain Hastings: No no, it's all right.
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too easy
20 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poirot solves a "Problem at Sea" while on a cruise with Hastings. Unfortunately, the audience figures it out, too, probably ahead of him.

Poirot and Hastings are on a cruise around the Mediterranean, with Hastings acting as a sort of social director. An unpleasant woman, Mrs. Clapperton, is found murdered in her stateroom. Since everyone hated her, there should be plenty of suspects. Just one problem. Many of them were off the ship at the time.

Poirot has to solve the problem. By the time he gathers everyone together to expose the murderer, we've been in on it for some time. The how, however, I found both amusing and interesting. So it wasn't a total loss.

This series spares no expense on production values, which, have others have mentioned, are marvelous. It doesn't matter if it's a weaker story. David Suchet is always wonderful to watch, as is Hugh Fraser as Hastings.


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