Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Labours of Hercules 

Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps, where he is met with a plethora of mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sir Anthony Morgan
Harold Waring
Lucinda Le Mesurier
Chief Inspector
Isobel Middleton ...
Dr. Burton
Ted Williams
Nicholas McGaughey ...
Inspector Lementeuil
Elsie Clayton
Mrs. Rice


In an attempt to snare the enigmatic art thief Marrascaud, Poirot and the Metropolitan Police set an irresistible trap: at the society debut of wealthy aristocrat Lucinda Le Mesurier, a priceless painting called 'Hercules Vanquishing the Hydra' by Marrascaud's favorite artist will be displayed, with Lucinda wearing exquisite diamond jewelery. A confident Poirot is convinced the criminal will be apprehended, but he does not foresee the eventual, disastrous outcome: not only does Marrascaud pinch the painting, but Lucinda herself is brutally murdered, and her jewels are stolen as well. The catastrophe weights heavily on Poirot's conscience, and he sinks into a steady depression, despite the entreaties of his physician, Dr Burton. Three months after Lucinda's murder, a lonely chauffeur asks Poirot to find his true love, the maid of celebrated Russian ballerina Katrina Samoushenka. Pitying the man, Poirot agrees to reunite the lovers pro bono and sets off to the Hotel Olympos in Rochers ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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18 August 2014 (USA)  »

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The title is fitting for both the book and this episode as Hercule's name is French for Hercules, who performed 12 labours in Greek myth. See more »


Inspector Lementeuil: Put down the gun.
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A pale adapted Sherlockot
28 February 2015 | by (China) – See all my reviews

I hated it. No sparks, a seriousness, a heaviness, an arrogant Poirot. Hater of women when they are not victims or poor little princesses, despising everybody, police officers, government officials, full of himself. Well actually more Suchet than Poirot. Where is the sense of humour? Not even the slightest dark form of it in this boring episode. And the music. Unbearable, repetitive, poor. I guess the crowned actor had his say in the choice of it too. I didn't recognize a bit of Agatha Christie in this. It's more Hercule on labour than the labours of a hero. I waited a long time to see the last season, and one episode after the other I'm disappointed. It's almost as if cheap morality would be the mere priority of each episode. What is funny, light and agreeable in Agatha Christie little Belgian sleuth, became an excessive self-confidence in its personification by Suchet. He was so good for too long, may be.

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