Poirot (1989–2013)
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Lord Edgware Dies 

A beautiful actress becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her tyrannical husband - except that she has a cast-iron alibi for the night of the crime.


Brian Farnham


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Anthony Horowitz (dramatized by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Helen Grace Helen Grace ... Jane Wilkinson
John Castle ... Lord Edgware
Fiona Allen ... Carlotta Adams
Dominic Guard ... Bryan Martin
Deborah Cornelius ... Penny Driver
Hannah Yelland ... Geraldine Marsh
Tim Steed ... Ronald Marsh
Lesley Nightingale Lesley Nightingale ... Miss Carroll
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Alton
Iain Fraser Iain Fraser ... Donald Ross
Tom Beard ... Duke of Merton


Lady Edgware, the well-known stage actress Jane Wilkinson, has a dilemma in that her husband has consistently refused to give her a divorce. She asks Hercule Poirot to visit the man to see if there is any possibility of convincing him. Lord Edgware is nothing short of nasty, treating all those around him very badly. When he is found dead, there is no great surprise, but there certainly are a good number of suspects. The police believe Lady Edgware to be the culprit, but she has a cast-iron alibi, having attended a private dinner over the time her husband was killed. There is also the man's nephew, who would inherit his fortune, and his personal assistant, whom he treated very badly; and then there is the family butler, who clearly has his own interests at heart. Written by garykmcd

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John Castle, who plays the titular Lord Edgware, is no stranger to the world of Agatha Christie. He played Detective Inspector Craddock in Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985) and Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (1992). See more »


At 19:57, Inspector Japp brings two bottles of Guinness (Irish stout beer), mentioning "James's Gate Dublin" on the label, instead of "St James's Gate Dublin" See more »


Chief Inspector Japp: It's funny, you know. Here we are, the four of us, all together again. But, of course, there's one thing missing.
Miss Lemon: What's that?
Chief Inspector Japp: The body. That's how we normally meet.
Poirot: No, but it is true.
Chief Inspector Japp: Oh, well, never mind, Poirot. As soon as word gets round you're back, I'm sure one will turn up.
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Excellent adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's best novels
24 June 2000 | by rj_fcSee all my reviews

The scenery and costumes in this production are stunning, and the acting, especially by David Suchet as Poirot, is excellent. This version remains very faithful to the novel, and pays great attention to detail. However, one criticism would be the omission of the Duke of Merton's mother, who is an excellent character and should have been included. That aside, this is a wonderful piece of television for mystery fans and nostalgia lovers to relax with.

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19 February 2000 (UK) See more »

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