A foreign revolution, a kidnapped princess, and a trove of priceless rubies are linked to a prestigious girls' school, where staff members are brutally murdered.

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Miss Bulstrode
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Prince Ali
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Bob Rawlinson
Don Gallagher ...
Mr Forbes
Georgie Glen ...
Mrs Forbes (as Georgie Glenn)
Georgia Cornick ...
Patricia Forbes
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Miss Johnson (as Carol Macready)
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Miss Rich
Susan Wooldridge ...
Miss Chadwick
Natasha Little ...
Ann Shapland
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Princess Shaista
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Adam Goodman
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Miss Blake
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Mlle Blanche
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When the middle-Eastern country of Ramat is over-run by anti-monarchist revolutionaries, the surviving heir to the throne, Princess Shaista, is spirited away to safety in a small girls' school, Meadowbank, which is run by the progressive Miss Bulstrode. However, when the bullying games mistress Miss Springer is found stabbed through the chest with a javelin, it appears that Meadowbank may not be the haven it promised to be. As Poirot assists Inspector Kelsey, they begin to find that some of the staff may not be quite what they appear, a situation which is compounded when another teacher, Mademoiselle Blanche is found dead and Princess Shaista is kidnapped from the school. With the princess' life in peril, and the prized rubies of Ramat missing, it is up to Poirot to discover who is the cat among the pigeons. Written by shanty_sleuth

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(11 episodes) | (US dvd release)

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The extract Mrs Rich (Claire Skinner) reads to the girls is from Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market; about the sexual corruption and awakening of young girls. See more »

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[first lines]
Bob Rawlinson: You've left it too late, sir. I said so.
Prince Ali: I know, Bob. I know.
Bob Rawlinson: The game's up, I'm afraid, chum.
Prince Ali: Fair enough. You did get them out, though? You're sure of it.
Bob Rawlinson: Safe as houses. I swear it.
Prince Ali: Ready, then?
Bob Rawlinson: Ready.
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Very well done....
1 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've seen ANY of the Poirot series with David Suchet that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, although some of them early on that were only an hour long left something to be desired in regards to production values and truncated stories. They were still fun to watch and Suchet's portrayal of Poirot is one of my favorites of all time.

I liked this one a lot...mostly faithful to the book which I have to admit I haven't read in years. The photography and set design were outstanding and it was great to see Harriet Walter again, and especially Susan Wooldridge, a favorite of mine since "Jewel in the Crown." I do admit that I miss Capt. Hasting, Miss Lemon and inspector Japp.

I sincerely hope that the rumors I hear of this series ending have no basis in truth.


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