Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Affair at the Victory Ball 

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a popular costume party. During the festivities, one of the guests is found stabbed to death, and another succumbs to a drug overdose the next day.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Mark Crowdy Mark Crowdy ... Viscount Cronshaw
David Henry David Henry ... Eustace Beltaine
Haydn Gwynne ... Coco Courtenay
Nathaniel Parker ... Chris Davidson
Natalie Slater Natalie Slater ... Mrs Davidson
Kate Harper ... Mrs Mallaby
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ... James Ackerley
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ... BBC Announcer
Brian Mitchell Brian Mitchell ... Second Actor
Sarah Crowden ... Receptionist
Bryan Matheson Bryan Matheson ... Butler


Poirot attends the Victory Ball, a costume party where you are expected to dress as someone famous, as himself. However, when two members of a party of six dressed as characters from classical Italian comedy are subsequently found dead, Poirot finds himself working with Chief Inspector Japp to solve the case. The solution to the deaths of Viscount Cronshaw and Coco Courtney is to be found in determining the correct time of death and identifying an impostor at the ball. Poirot takes to the airwaves and reveals the identity of the killer on a live BBC radio broadcast. Written by garykmcd

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3 March 1991 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Hercule Poirot: [voiceover] The Harlequinade, ancestor of the English pantomime. Six characters. Garish, grotesque. First brought to life three centuries ago by the clowns and the actors of the Italian fairgrounds. Today, mere costumed characters at a masked ball. Where now their mystery, their magic, their comedy, their tragedy?
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The Affair at the Victory Ball
23 February 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball. A costume party where people dress up as someone famous. Others have gone dressed as classical Italian characters. Poirot has arrived as himself.

The dead body of Viscount Cronshaw is discovered, the press is having a field day as the murder took place under the nose of Poirot.

Later the police break into Cronshaw's girlfriend flat, an actress called Coco Courtney. Her body is found, due to a cocaine overdose.

The featured building in this episode is BBC's Broadcasting House. The climax takes place in a live radio broadcast led by Poirot has he brings the clues together live to the nation.

I really did like how Poirot put all miniature pieces together including a daring move to catch the murderer in an off handed way.

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