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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Technical Specs

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

When Poirot and Japp are reading the newspaper at breakfast (an hour into the film), the back page of the section held by Poirot is clearly identical to the back page of the paper bought at a newsstand by Japp at the beginning (approx. 4 minutes in), even though a few days have passed in the story. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Japp: What's that thing in the bathroom, Poirot?
Hercule Poirot: Comment?
Chief Inspector Japp: Like a umm... foot bath.
Hercule Poirot: Ah, the bidet.
Chief Inspector Japp: Oh, bidet. It's got a sort of fountain thing in the middle; what's that for?
Hercule Poirot: Uhh... it is of no significance.
Chief Inspector Japp: Nearly got a squirt in the eye when I turned it on.
Miss Lemon: Kumpf!
[snorting with stifled laughter]
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Intriguing with some wonderfully funny byplay between Poirot and Japp
21 June 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Hercule Poirot's secretary, Miss Lemon, has a sister, Florence Hubbard, who runs a university hostel in Hickory Road. During a visit, Mrs Hubbard informs Miss Lemon that there has a been a spate of robberies from the hostel of late. Miss Lemon suggests that Hercule Poirot investigate under the pretext of giving a talk to the students on crime solving. He does just that and uncovers some details. A few days later, Mrs Nicoletis, the owner of the hostel, is murdered. Poirot suspects that the robberies and the murder are linked. Aided by Chief Inspector Japp, he uncovers more than just robberies and a murder.

Quite intriguing, with a seemingly unrelated parallel story having a great bearing on the case. Some good twists and turns with the murderer not obvious until the end.

One of the standout features of this episode is the wonderful sub- plot involving Poirot and Japp and their culinary and cultural differences. Some quite funny scenes involving their rather diverse eating habits, and the contrast between the sophisticated Poirot and the more basic Japp.

Cast includes Damian Lewis, later of Band of Brothers and Homeland fame, in only his second screen role. If the actor who plays Nigel Chapman reminds you of Colin Firth, that's because it's his brother, Jonathan Firth.


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