Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe 

After Poirot pays a routine visit to his dentist, the doctor apparently shoots himself to death a short time later. Chief Inspector Japp appropriately recruits the detective as both witness and consultant.


Ross Devenish


Clive Exton (dramatized by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Joanna Phillips-Lane Joanna Phillips-Lane ... Gerda / Helen
Peter Blythe ... Blunt
Carolyn Colquhoun Carolyn Colquhoun ... Mabelle
Christopher Eccleston ... Frank Carter
Karen Gledhill Karen Gledhill ... Gladys Neville
Laurence Harrington Laurence Harrington ... Henry Morley
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Georgina Morley
Sara Stewart ... Jane Olivera
Helen Horton ... Julia Olivera
Kevork Malikyan ... Amberiotis
Trilby James Trilby James ... Agnes Fletcher
Joe Greco Joe Greco ... Alfred Biggs
Oliver Bradshaw Oliver Bradshaw ... Mr Hendry


Poirot pays what appears to be a routine visit to Dr. Morley, his dentist, but shortly after he leaves the clinic, the doctor is found dead with a gunshot wound to his temple, an apparent suicide. Poirot suspects foul play, and all those who entered the doctor's offices after Poirot left are suspect. They include Alaistair Blunt, a prominent and very influential bank director, Frank Carter, a young fascist thug with a personal grudge against Morley, Mr. Amberiotis, an enigmatic recent arrival from India suffering from a toothache, and Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale, a charity worker also recently returned from India. When Amberiotis is found dead in his hotel room from an overdose of Novocaine and Sainsbury-Seale disappears, Poirot rightly expands his list of suspects and connects the crime to events that occurred in India 12 years earlier. Written by G. Taverney (

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Release Date:

19 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Black and White (newsreel archive footage)| Color

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1.33 : 1
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Philip Jackson who played Japp in this TV adaptation, also played Japp in a BBC radio 4 production of One Two Buckle My Shoe. Poirot was played by John Moffatt See more »


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Blunt: You're an odd man, Monsieur Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: Oh, yes, I am. Very odd. That is to say, I am methodical, orderly, and logical, and I do not like to distort facts to support a theory.
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I liked it but man, was it confusing
21 October 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I love an intricate plot, but there's a difference between intricate and downright confusing. "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" is the latter.

When Poirot's dentist is found shot to death shortly after Poirot's appointment, the Belgian detective is on the case. Though some assume it's suicide, he knows it is not. He begins by looking at everyone who had an appointment after his: Alistair Blunt, a prominent bank director, Frank Carter, who had a grudge against the dentist, Mr. Amberiotis, from India, and Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale, an ex-actress just in from India.

Mabelle disappears, and Mr. Amberiotis is found dead. So what's going on? The answer can be found in India, years earlier.

Intriguing mystery, with Suchet in his usual top form and the normally high production values. If you see this, concentrate. concentrate hard. It's not easy to follow. I was reminded of an Inspector Morse episode where I couldn't figure out whodunit and asked a friend, who answered, "I not only know whodunit, I don't know who was killed."

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