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

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Original Air Date:
26 May 2010 (Season 12, Episode 2)
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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 (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: WGBH Boston
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Mathew Prichard .... executive producer: 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)
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 Sanders .... 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
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Australia:89 min | UK:89 min (9 episodes)

Did You Know?

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Poirot quotes Shakespeare, saying that "Methinks the lady doth protest too much". This is a common but an incorrect quote. The writing actually says: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.". The word 'protest' doesn't mean denying anything, but the same as 'vowing' in the current English language.See more »
[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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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
It Walks By Night, 12 October 2010
Author: tml_pohlak_13 from Canada

"Hallowe'en Party", published in 1969, is a later Christie. Dame Agatha was no longer in her prime, but I think this book proved that she was by no means exhausted of ideas. The basic plot set-up is this: at a Hallowe'en party for children, Joyce Reynolds boasts to Mrs. Oliver, there on a visit, that she saw a murder once. Joyce is a compulsive liar, and everyone has great fun mocking her story. Frustrated, Joyce insists that her story is true, but refuses to give any more details. When the party is finished, she is discovered drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

I've always been simply fascinated with that idea for a story— it must be one of my very favourites in all detection. The story itself is very good (and the solution is pretty decent as well), but it tended to ramble somewhat, and the middle section is extremely slow. It makes me wish AC had tackled the story when she was a bit younger. Nonetheless, my fascination with a story of such a haunting nature is enough to make Hallowe'en Party one of my favourite Christies. Was it among her best? By no means— but it was still quite enjoyable for me to read.

I was ecstatic when "Hallowe'en Party" was announced as part of season 12 (after false reports that it was going to conclude season 11). At long last, I would get to see this fascinating story translated to the screen! I was then even more excited when it was announced that Mark Gatiss, who wrote the brilliant script of "Cat Among the Pigeons", was going to adapt the story for television! Stephen Churchett would not be available to make the victim a teenage boy stabbed with a carving knife while making a jack-o'lantern. So my expectations and hopes were very high. My friends, it did not disappoint in the least.

I will tackle the issue of casting first. Julian Rhind-Tutt plays Michael Garfield. He was already in Marple as Dr. Calgary in "Ordeal by Innocence", but thanks to the magic of makeup, he is rendered almost unrecognizable in this role. He is perfect as an artistic gardener with an obsession for beauty. Zoe Wanamaker, as always, was wonderful as Mrs. Oliver. When asked why she made her detective a Finn, she sighs and says "I've often wondered myself." The way she delivers that line is simply perfect— I could practically hear AC sighing along with her in sympathy. There are a few scenes here where she discusses her writing, and they are priceless.

The adaptation makes an exciting discovery with the casting of Miranda Butler. A young actress you've never heard of (since this is her first role), Mary Higgins (no relation to Clark as far as I know), plays the role of the nymph-like Miranda, who is nearly always sitting in the garden. Higgins is great! A very beautiful young girl, she does not embellish nor does she underplay her character's distinct oddness and charm. She is very convincing, and brought the character to life. This truly is a smashing debut, and I hope she will continue in acting.

On to other things. We've become accustomed to episodes lately introducing homosexual subplots, incest, alcoholism— elements that did not appear in Christie's original oeuvre, which are often frighteningly overplayed or just plain silly. "Hallowe'en Party" hinted at a lesbian subplot, and, in fact, it is the only time the word "lesbian" appears in a Christie. Thank God for Mark Gatiss. He is no Stephen Churchett, who would've taken that one word and run away with the subplot, adding his own flourishes, all in the name of artistic license and bringing the stories "up to date". Gatiss keeps the subplot the way it was: SUBTLE. He uses small touches— little gestures, things people say, and so forth. The actors cooperate with the script and the result is a beautiful, truly touching underlying story.

Gatiss does take liberties with the story— he is creating a movie, not a museum piece. Rowena Drake, for instance, is made into a mother, with a smarmy little mummy's boy and a rather wretched, horrid daughter. (There are other words that jump to mind, but none are very polite.) His changes only serve to make the story more interesting—he eliminates the static "Question & Answer Session" feeling of the second act. His touches are intriguing, as the whole thing becomes something like a Gothic ghost story.

One of the best moves the series ever made was ditching the old formula with Japp, Hastings, & Co. Gone are the moments of forced attempts at humour, gone are the far-fetched ways of involving his friends in every case. (I can just imagine, under the old formula, Japp hiding in a suitcase on the Orient Express, and emerging when the murder is discovered, only to exclaim "Poirot! What the devil are you doing here?") The series feels more like the later, darker Poirot, and this tone suits "Hallowe'en Party" perfectly.

The formulaic music was also scrapped, and different music is composed for different episodes. But this episode here has an almost ghostly take on a familiar tune, heard a few times. You will also hear the children chanting a rhyme when playing snapdragon. This rhyme is also repeated as part of the music, faintly chattered and echoing, which really makes it bone-chilling. It is one of the most effectively-scored episodes I've seen thus far.

So in conclusion, unless the series totally bombed MOTOE, which I somewhat doubt, this entire season has been of excellent quality, the best we've had since the "Death on the Nile" series.

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