Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles 

Hastings renews his friendship with Poirot and involves him in the mysterious poisoning of the mistress of a manor house married to a man twenty years her junior.


Ross Devenish


Agatha Christie (by), Clive Exton (dramatized by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Lieutenant Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Beatie Edney ... Mary Cavendish
David Rintoul ... John Cavendish
Gillian Barge ... Mrs. Inglethorp
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ... Alfred Inglethorp
Joanna McCallum ... Evie Howard
Anthony Calf ... Lawrence Cavendish
Allie Byrne Allie Byrne ... Cynthia Murdoch
Lala Lloyd Lala Lloyd ... Dorcas
Michael Godley Michael Godley ... Dr. Wilkins
Morris Perry ... Mr. Wells
Penelope Beaumont Penelope Beaumont ... Mrs. Raikes
David Savile David Savile ... Summerhaye


Recovering from the horrors of World War I, British Army officer Arthur Hastings hopes to find peace and quiet at a country manor in the English countryside. But when the matriarch dies during the night from strychnine poisoning, Hastings enlists the help of an old friend staying nearby with other war refugees to help solve the murder: former Belgian police detective Hercule Poirot. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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The red-white-blue ribbon worn by Hastings is the 1914 Star; the bronze clasp surmounted indicates the wearer was in actual combat. Additionally, Hastings is referred to as "Lieutenant Hastings" near the beginning of the episode, and the markings on his uniform sleeve correspond with this rank. At some later point, he earned the title of Captain, which is how he is addressed in most episodes. See more »


Although the story is set in 1917, Hastings wears the pre-1915 style army uniform. It is possible that he is wearing old stock, but if he received new issue in the hospital, it would be the updated uniform. The difference is the older style had rank markings on the sleeve rather than on the shoulder in the new style. See more »


Hercule Poirot: Superintendent, I beg of you to allow me to ask of Mr. Inglethorp just one question.
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Referenced in Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (2006) See more »

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A gem!
25 December 2005 | by nvservSee all my reviews

David Suchet is the quintessential Hercules Poirot, and it was a joy to see his portrayal of the famed detective's first case. After a slow start, the "funny little man" makes his first appearance on the screen. Of course, the character as portrayed by Suchet was still being developed, so there are a few minor differences, but nothing that would be annoying.

As was mentioned before, the period sets, clothing and props were delightful. The mannerisms of the upper crust are always fun to watch in Poirot, as they seem completely oblivious to the real world.

I highly recommend this program to fans of the series.

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16 September 1990 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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