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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)
Location Management
Robin Pim .... location manager
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant (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
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Jennie Scanlon .... script executive
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Donna Shakesheff .... production runner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Location Management
Mark Albela .... location manager
Other crew
Daren Thomas .... location runner
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

This was Eric Sykes' last TV appearance.See more »
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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
I think this is one of my favourite recent Poirots, 28 October 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I watched this adaptation last night and overall I was very impressed. Overall Agatha Christie Poirot is an adeptly made, classy and well acted series, and I have several favourites especially Five Little Pigs, Sad Cypress and After the Funeral. They have also had some misses such as Cards on the Table(actually very good until the last 30 minutes), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd(disappointing compared to the masterpiece that is the book) and Taken at the Flood(like Cards on the Table the ending completely let it down). Despite this, the series has more hits than misses, and fortunately Halloween Party is one of the hits.

The book is very good. More than one person on IMDb and outside of it remarked that it plods in the middle, that I agree with, but it has an intriguing story and memorable characters. This adaptation is very well done and one of my favourite recent Poirots actually. There are liberties taken of course, that I have no problems with, and these changes don't harm the story at all really. The story as to speak is just as riveting and intriguing as the book and is briskly paced. The adaptation also benefits from being well directed by Charles Palmer, and Mark Gatiss's script is very credible. I especially liked it when Poirot complains about his feet hurting and Ariadne goes on at him at wearing sensible shoes.

Halloween Party also has some beautiful production values. There are some atmospheric dark moments especially the beginning which was wonderful and some lovely autumnal ones. The photography is fluid, and the scenery and costumes are as always exquisite. The music is excellent too, simple yet hypnotic and effective. Then there is the acting which is superb. Mary Higgins was a good choice for Miranda and plays her well, while Julian Rhind-Tutt, Deborah Findley, Timothy West and Sophie Thompson are all excellent. Predictably, the best of the bunch are David Suchet who is outstanding once again as Poirot and Zoe Wannamaker who is a breath of fresh air as Ariadne.

All in all, very well done and actually one of my favourites. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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