Poirot (1989–2013)
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Miss Lemon persuades Poirot to investigate a series of apparently minor thefts in a university hostel, but simple kleptomania soon turns to baffling homicide.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Anthony Horowitz (dramatized by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Paris Jefferson ... Sally Finch
Jonathan Firth ... Nigel Chapman
Damian Lewis ... Leonard Bateson
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Colin McNabb
Elinor Morriston Elinor Morriston ... Valerie Hobhouse
Polly Kemp Polly Kemp ... Patricia Lane
Jessica Lloyd Jessica Lloyd ... Celia Austin
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Florence Hubbard
Rachel Bell ... Mrs Nicoletis
Granville Saxton ... Mr Casterman
David Burke ... Sir Arthur Stanley
Bernard Lloyd ... Mr Endicott
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Storyline

When a series of apparently minor thefts plagues a university hostelry run by Miss Lemon's sister, Poirot is recruited to investigate. Celia Austin, a pharmacological major, confesses that she is a kleptomaniac and responsible for most of the thefts but denies stealing several objects including a stethoscope, light bulbs, and a student rucksack. Furthermore, she claims to know the other thief and vows to help return the missing items. Unfortunately someone substitutes an overdose of morphine for one of her sleeping powders, and she takes the identity of the thief to the grave. Japp connects the murderer's m.o. with a cold case he had investigated ten years earlier, but the prime suspect in that crime, a powerful statesman, now lies dying in a local hospital. Despite numerous obstacles, Poirot is able to link the killing to an international diamond smuggling ring but not before the murderer claims more victims. Written by duke1029

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1995 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Agatha Christie's original story took place in the 1950s, the setting is moved to the 1930s for continuity reasons. See more »

Goofs

During the fashion show there is a gramophone playing a blue label HMV record, which weren't produced before the 1950's. In the 1930's it would have mainly been a red or burgundy label. See more »

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Chief Inspector Japp: These psychologists, most of them are barmy themselves.
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No Mousetrap
10 July 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

These Suchet-led adaptations of Poirot are frustratingly uneven because the producers brought in a different creative team for each one. Sometimes they understand the strength of the source material, and other times they go off on some unrelated direction that they graft onto the plot.

They already start with a disadvantage. Suchet produces an entertaining character for sure. But the foibles of Christie's detective were all found to be assets in how he approached a problem. It was almost as if he were from some alien world where people thought differently and so could "see" things we could not.

In this case, he's just a comic man who incidentally solves mysteries as if that were another eccentricity.

So instead of the puzzle and his attempts to unwind it, we get:

-- a bunch of buffoonery about Poirot's and Japp's eating habits

-- some excessive cinematic nonsense about a mouse who appears through the story

-- in an unrelated insertion, we have the chanting of a nursery rhyme every time something bad is happening

This is the worst of a bad lot. Please avoid it.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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