Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 11, Episode 1

Mrs McGinty's Dead (14 Sep. 2008)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Mrs McGinty's Dead (original title)

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A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.

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Joe Absolom ...
James Bentley
Simon Molloy ...
District Judge
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David Yelland ...
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Maude
Raquel Cassidy ...
Maureen Summerhayes
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Major Summerhayes
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Dr Rendell
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Bessie Burch
Billy Geraghty ...
Joe Burch
Ruth Gemmell ...
Miss Sweetiman
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Eve Carpenter
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Robin Upward
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James Bentley is tried for the murder of Abigail McGinty, the charwoman of Broadhinny who also took in Bentley as her lodger. The evidence is overwhelming, and soon after he is sentenced to hang. Superintendent Spence is not convinced of the man's guilt, and so he visits Poirot, asking him to look into the case. Poirot then heads off to the village, where he becomes the paying guest of Maureen and Major Johnnie Summerhayes. Ariadne Oliver, Poirot's novelist friend, has also come to Broadhinny to collaborate on a stage adaptation of one of her novels with dramatist Robin Upward. With the clue of a bottle of ink purchased by the dead woman shortly before her death, Poirot searches Mrs. McGinty's belongings and finds an edition of The Sunday Comet newspaper, where an article concerning two women connected with famous murders has been cut out. With the story are two photographs of the women. Poirot discovers that Mrs. McGinty had seen one of the photographs before, and knew to whom it ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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District Judge: James Gordon Bentley, you have been tried for murder. Abigail McGinty was found by the baker on the floor of the sitting-room with extensive wounds to the head. The house in Broadhinny evinced no sign of forced entry. All the police surgeon was able to ascertain was that she'd been hit with a sharp, heavy implement, probably some time the night before. You, Bentley, were suspected from the very beginning. You knew where she kept her money; you had recently lost your employment, and...
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Re: The Soft sell for Poirot?
16 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was somewhat alarmed by the overall picture quality of last Sunday's [ 14 SEP 08 ] episode of Poirot, what were they exactly trying to achieve with all that soft focus, or maybe they are trying to cover something up? The extended pale halos hugging any character that dared to step into direct light was something akin to a Ready Brek commercial from the 1970's, at least they had an excuse. If HD is too harsh a medium for premium television drama then go back to sourcing on film, yes it's expensive but at least you will have an original that is infinitely transportable and not locked down by the limitations of the technology of the day.


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