Poirot realizes that a murder is being plotted, and with the help of Hastings' latest hobby, he sets out to prevent it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Melanie Jessop ...
Molly Deane
Claude Langton
John Boswall ...
Dr Belvedere
Kate Lynn Evans ...
Mrs Henderson (as Kate Lynn-Evans)
Model Girl
Hilary Tindall ...
Commere at Fashion Show
Julian Forsyth ...


At a village fête, Poirot runs into an old friend, John Harrison and his fiancé Molly Deane, a fashion model. Harrison invites Poirot and Hastings to tea the following week where Poirot learns that Molly had once been engaged to a local artist, Claude Langton. Poirot is puzzled by a number of apparently unrelated incidents but concludes that someone is being untruthful and that a murder is being planned. Courtesy of Hastings' new hobby, photography, Poirot knows exactly what is going to occur. Insp. Japp is hospitalized with a case of appendicitis. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1991 (UK)  »

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During the DVD commentary on The Thick Of It, Peter Capaldi states that his appearance in this episode of Poirot yields him the most frequent repeat fees of all his television appearances due to the programme's high overseas sales. See more »


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Chief Inspector Japp: Sorry about this, Poirot. I thought as she was here visiting with her sister it would be a simple matter for her to meet us at the station. Trouble with Mrs Japp is when she gets nattering over a cup of tea she loses all track of time. Perhaps you two better run along and we'll see you there.
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Great episode, very moving
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hercule Poirot must stop a crime before it happens in "Wasps' Nest" from 1991.

Hastings and Poirot are at a village carnival when Poirot sees an old friend, John Harrison, and Hastings immediately recognizes his fiancé, Molly Deane, a fashion model. Harrison invites them to his home the next week.

Once at Harrison's home, Poirot finds out that Molly's former fiancée is Harrison's best friend, Claude Langton, who played a clown at the village event. A few incidents put Poirot's little gray cells on alert: two kinds of lipstick on a cup, the inability to get rid of wasps on Harrison's land, a car breaking down, an old man who keeps showing up...Poirot believes a crime is about to be committed, and he utilizes Hasting's new love of photography to help him. Can he stop it in time? Meanwhile, poor Inspector Japp is in the hospital with acute appendicitis.

Excellent episode, and a poignant one, as Poirot works out what is gong to happen. There is even a fashion show of '30s clothes in this episode, another indication of the high production values that are always present.

It's a shame that Japp, Hastings, and Miss Lemon are not in later shows of the series, because as can be seen here, they really add to the episodes and also lighten them up because of Poirot's relationship with them. Later on, some of the shows are quite dark.

One of the best in the series.

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