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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Appointment with Death (2008)

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Agatha Christie (novel)
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Original Air Date:
22 September 2008 (Season 11, Episode 4)
While accompanying her husband on an archaeological dig in 1937 Syria, overbearing, abusive Lady Boynton is found stabbed to death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Ashley Pearce 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Guy Andrews (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Gabriel Silver .... co-producer
David Suchet .... associate producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Garrick 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
Nic Pallace 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Alison Elliott .... hair and make-up designer
Julie Kendrick .... hair and make-up designer
Eva Marieges Moore .... makeup artist: Mr Suchet
Marc Pilcher .... makeup artist
Natalie Reid .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... second assistant director: morocco
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Mouhssine El Badaoui .... first assistant director: Morocco
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
Danielle Somerfield .... third assistant director
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... production buyer
Said El Kounti .... assistant art director
Tone Gibbs .... dressing props (as Tony Gibbs)
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... property master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Paul Mitchell .... stand-by props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Khalid Asmour .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Naomi Moore .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Scott Jones .... adr mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... re-recording mixer
Simon Epstein .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lyamani Bouhmdi .... electrician
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
Ben Gibb .... clapper loader
Woody Gregson .... clapper loader
Paul Hatchman .... camera grip
David Hedges .... focus puller
Nathan Mann .... focus puller
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Rupert Morency .... assistant grip
Steve Murray .... camera operator
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Lee Walters .... best boy
Casting Department
Susie Parriss .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tracy McGregor .... costume supervisor
Philip O'Connor .... dresser: Mr Suchet's (as Phil O'Connor)
Nadine Powell .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Amar Ingreji .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
David Grose .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Sean O'Connor .... driver: David Suchet (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse
Nik Gawinowski .... production coordinator
Aziz Hamichi .... location manager
Aziz Hamichi .... location manager: morocco
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Faiza Hosenie .... production coordinator
Hannah Ireland .... production secretary
Luke Morrison .... press officer
Ben Newman .... script editor
Robin Pim .... location manager
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Hicham El Ghorfi .... location accountant: Morocco (uncredited)
Houda Hechadi .... production coordinator (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
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Additional Details

USA:80 min | USA:93 min (DVD release) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Australia:PG | UK:12 (video rating) (2008) | USA:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

A 1945 West End theatrical adaptation of the original 1938 novel eliminated Poirot's character and changed the identity of the killer. It is notable that Joan Hickson, later to play Christie's Miss Marple, was in the cast.See more »
Hercule Poirot:Did Lady Boynton harm you physically?
Raymond:My mother had little recourse to violence. She ws too smart for that. Instead, she just pried open the top of our skull and raked her poisonous tongue through our brains. No place to hide, Poirot - even in our heads!
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
even I knew this wasn't like the book, 1 July 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

It's been decades since I read the Agatha Christie books but somehow I remembered "Appointment with Death" well enough to realize that this version was an aberration of the book. Apparently in this late entry in the series, they took on some new writers. Guess adaptation isn't their thing.

In 1937 Syria, Poirot is in the area of an archaeological dig led by Lord Boynton (Tim Curry), who doesn't appear in the book. His wealthy wife, the shrewish, horrible Lady Boynton (Cheryl Campbell) is financing this search for the skull of John the Baptist. Don't ask me how they figured out that a) they could find it; and b) where it might be.

Lady B, we know, is on borrowed time for the start. One only has to see how awful she is to her adopted children and their nanny. So when she winds up dead, there are suspects a-plenty.

This thing is a mess. In the story, Lady Boynton is a former prison warden and while she may be a sadistic witch, the problem her children have with her is that she is basically suffocating them. The book ends on a happy note, with each child going on to a better life. Sarah King is not a nanny, as I recall. There is no nun and no white slavery. Lady Westholme figures in the plot but not as a journalist.

I don't understand rewriting these stories. All of the new Miss Marples insert her in stories where she wasn't and change the plots. I hate to this twisting of stories with Poirot. Agatha Christie, according to The Guinness Book of World Records says Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold 4 billion copies, and, according to her estate, claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books.

So what makes Guy Andrews think he can do any better?

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