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 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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

19 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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| (14 episodes)


Black and White (newsreel archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


As Alastair Blunt visits Mabelle and Gerda in their dressing room (in India in 1924) a stage hand is rigging a Strand Pattern 23 lantern outside the door; these were first manufactured in 1953. See more »


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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The goof of all goofs
12 April 2016 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

I love the episode of "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe", but I fear it contains one of the biggest goofs of any in the Poirot episodes, and it really is the fault of bad researching and sloppy editing which allowed it in.

The episode includes a 1925 visit of the Prince of Wales to the Indian sub-continent which is reported in a movie newsreel with perfect sound attached. One problem. Talkies weren't made to this quality at the time. The first talking movie, The Jazz Singer, wasn't produced until 1927, and sound in that was basically only for the songs, and very poor.

So why put in so obvious a phoney commentary, for a newsreel which is not even of the correct royal visit? The pictures are too perfect. It looks more like a royal visit somewhere sometime in the mid to late 30s than in the mid 20s. The commentary definitely states 1925, but there was no Prince of Wales tour of India in 1925. That occurred in 1921, during which time afaik there were no moving newsreels made at all. They didn't exist. Just still photography. I should also mention that the style of commentary given is more like those of the 1950s. Certainly not pre-WWII.

I've nothing against producers using such an historical idea as a prelude, but I wish the continuity, historical research, and editing departments, would do their jobs properly. If the viewers can figure out the faults, surely they can.

This goof is near the beginning of the episode and really doesn't deter from the rest of the episode which resumes its usual excellent Poirot quality, but the inclusion of such a goof is surely inexcusable.

And this is not a one-off. There's a similar newsreel reporting a murder trial at the start of "Murder on the Links". The action then moves forward 10 years and a hoarding promoting the forthcoming 1936 bicycle race is plainly shown, which would make the earlier newsreel as being in 1926, again before sound was added to film. This has to be the fault of shoddy research.

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