Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
7.7/10
1,215
21 user

Hickory Dickory Dock 

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)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Paris Jefferson 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 ... 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1995 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The adaptation fails portrays the youth hostel as a multicultral hub for both students and travellers, which is how Christie presented things in the original novel. Understandably several racially stereotyped characters were removed, these include Chandra Lal an Indian student, Achmed Ali from Egypt, and Akibombo an African man with a "black woolly head". See more »

Goofs

Although set at the time of the Jarrow march of 1936, the rolling stock of the London Underground is clearly the "38 Stock" first introduced only in 1938. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hubbard: I know it's a wicked thing to say, but I think she might have been a secret drinker.
Chief Inspector Japp: After all the bottles we found in her room, there's no secret about it.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Very good overall, funny, intriguing and absorbing.
14 June 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Hickory Dickory Dock is a particularly absorbing book, and one I read on a regular basis. This adaptation isn't the best by far, but it's still a great watch. The mystery is great, production values are strong, but there is definitely something a little clunky about the delivery of it, it isn't as slick as the episodes that followed.

If you're a fan of mice, you'll love this one, as the cute little rodent gets more screen time then anyone.

It has a wonderful cast, which of course contains Damien Lewis and Jonathan Firth, although it's Rachel Bell's Mrs Nicoletis that I enjoyed most, she's hilarious in it. It's also a really good episode for Pauline Moran, as Miss Lemon gets lots of screen time.

Very enjoyable, if not one of the very best. 8/10


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed