Agatha Christie's 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1995 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

Sally Finch's cover story is that she was a student on a Fulbright scholarship in 1936. The Fulbright program did not begin until 1946. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Japp: Oh, these psychologists. Most of them are balmy themselves.
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Not the best Poirot, but still OK
15 April 2003 | by sivertemilellingsenSee all my reviews

I have never seen a Poirot - film with David Suchet which can be decribed as bad in my lifetime (diagree with me if you want, but i think that "Death in The Clouds" wasn't very good - Suchet was on his normal heights and all the actors were OK, but the story and revelation of the killer just didn't catch my eye - i have actually forgot it already). This one is not the best of them all, but i still like it. Yep. I guessed WHO the killer was, but the background and motive was just that so-obvious-when-you-hear-it-but-you-still-never-guesses-it style of Agatha Christie i have learnt to love. If you for example must choose between this and some other Poirot (if it's not "Death in The Clouds") you should, in my opinion, choose the other. I still like it


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