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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Hallowe'en Party (2010)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 12: Episode 2 -- Poirot looks for ghosts from a young girl's past

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Agatha Christie (novel)
Mark Gatiss (screenplay)
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Original Air Date:
26 May 2010 (Season 12, Episode 2)
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During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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S12E02: Hallowe'en Party: Enjoyably atmospheric with good base of clues and engaging narrative See more (17 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Amelia Bullmore ... Judith Butler

Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver

Deborah Findlay ... Rowena Drake
Mary Higgins ... Miranda Butler

Sophie Thompson ... Mrs Reynolds

Georgia King ... Frances Drake
Ian Hallard ... Edmund Drake

Timothy West ... Reverend Cottrell

Fenella Woolgar ... Miss Whittaker
Macy Nyman ... Joyce Reynolds
Richard Breislin ... Leopold Reynolds
David Yelland ... George
Paola Dionisotti ... Mrs Goodbody

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Michael Garfield

Paul Thornley ... Inspector Raglan

Vera Filatova ... Olga Seminoff

Phyllida Law ... Mrs Llewellyn-Smythe

Eric Sykes ... Mr Fullerton

Episode Crew
Directed by
Charlie Palmer  (as Charles Palmer)
 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Mark Gatiss (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Mary Durkan .... executive producer: for Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: for WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Mathew Prichard .... executive producer: for Chorion
David Suchet .... associate producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
 
Cinematography by
Cinders Forshaw (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Matthew Tabern 
 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
 
Makeup Department
Bee Archer .... makeup artist
Pamela Haddock .... hair and make-up designer
Tony Lilley .... makeup artist
Eva Marieges Moore .... Mr Suchet's make-up artist
Hannah Proverbs .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Tussy Facchin .... third assistant director
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... production buyer
Dave Channon .... construction manager
Robert Channon .... chargehand painter
Ron Dawling .... stand-by props (as Ron Dowling)
Fred Foster .... stand-by construction
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... property master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props
Robert Muskett .... stand-by construction (as Bob Muskett)
Jay Pales .... dressing props
Mike Rawlings .... dressing props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
 
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... sound maintenance
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... re-recording mixer
Scott Jones .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dean Forster .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Gibb .... focus puller
Jimmy Harris .... best boy
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
Dean Murray .... clapper loader
Steve Murray .... camera operator
Jim Philpott .... camera grip
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
Peter Davies .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Murray .... grip assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne-Marie Bigby .... Mr Suchet's dresser
Tracy McGregor .... costume supervisor
Philip O'Connor .... assistant costume designer (as Phil O'Connor)
Steve O'Sullivan .... costume assistant
Sarah Ward .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Kevin Horsewood .... colourist
Vicky Tooms .... assistant editor
Garry Maddison .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Christopher Gunning .... composer: Poirot theme
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra
Samuel Karl Bohn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Goetz Botzenhardt .... music mixer (uncredited)
Dom Kelly .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Meriel Baistow-Clare .... script editor
Sam Baker .... production coordinator
Natasha Bayford .... press officer
Simon Blakey .... production secretary
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Ian Hallard .... script associate
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Robin Pim .... location manager
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Jennie Scanlon .... script executive
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant (uncredited)
Donna Shakesheff .... production runner (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

Runtime:
Australia:89 min | UK:89 min (9 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Guy Fawkes Day, which Michael refers to, is an English patriotic semi-holiday, that can be compared to the American Fourth of July. It is celebrated on November 5 with bonfires and fireworks.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Judith Butler:It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, Ariadne.
Ariadne Oliver:No, no. Better take my time. Last one looked like it had had its throat cut.
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S12E02: Hallowe'en Party: Enjoyably atmospheric with good base of clues and engaging narrative, 24 May 2015
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

"I saw a murder once" says a young girl at a Halloween party – a young girl, it must be said, who clearly has not watched her way through 12 seasons of Poirot in the last few years like I have, or else she would know that such a statement is clearly going to get the attention of someone in the room, and not in a good way. True enough, it is not long before the party is brought to an abrupt end when the child is found drowned in a bowl of water used for dunking for apples. In attendance at the party, Ariadne Oliver calls for her old friend Poirot, who comes to investigate. With little to go on at the crime scene, and the police looking for a random vagrant of some sort, Poirot starts with the most logical question – who could possibly be the victim and perpetrator of the murder that the child claimed to have witnessed?

Another seasonal outing for Poirot, this time screened in late October, nearly 11 months after the previous "episode". The opening did make me wonder if the "event" nature of it would overshadow the quality of the film as could be a risk, and seeing some familiar names in the credits did not dissuade me of this worry, along with the gaudy decorations. Actually though, it sets up an oddly dark story, which draws on the sense of evil being supernatural, but yet also perfectly human. The comedic air at the start gives way to a children's game (with musical chanting similar to that used in other episodes thus far) which is oddly creepy and leads to quite a disturbing death in that it is a child – I do not remember for sure, but I think this is the first in the series thus far. This murder is done in such a way that it opens up the story in the way fans of the series will recognize – that the motive is not just about that moment, but about the past, and thus Poirot has to dig back for skeletons to get to the truth. Although familiar as a device, this is done very well here and I enjoyed that I felt engaged with it throughout. Part of this was perhaps that the clues were a bit more obvious than usual (or I am used to their style?) so I did have my suspect for the second half, even though I was nowhere near the actual solution.

The solution comes and is satisfying enough, and well delivered even if the murderer is named and then broken down, which I find less dramatic than doing it the other way around. The production is very nicely mounted whether it be the party, the curiosities of the suspects, or the general production values of locations (some great ones) or the usual great attention to detail and class of delivery. The cast is led by Suchet on form as ever. Although Wanamaker is a good sidekick, she is mostly in her bed and sidelined here – not bringing a lot to the table. The guest cast are mostly very good, with some famous faces in there, and all doing enough to feed the mystery. The production values are as good as ever, and it even made the faux-eerie atmosphere work. All told an enjoyable outing, with a good base of clues and an engagingly delivered narrative, even if it is not without some weakness.

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