Poirot (1989–2013)
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Evil Under the Sun 

Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.


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
Michael Higgs ... Patrick Redfern
Tamzin Malleson ... Christine Redfern
Louise Delamere ... Arlena Stuart
Tim Meats ... Stephen Lane
Marsha Fitzalan ... Rosamund Darnley
Carolyn Pickles ... Emily Brewster
David Mallinson ... Kenneth Marshall
Russell Tovey ... Lionel Marshall
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... Major Barry
David Timson David Timson ... Horace Blatt
Rosalind March Rosalind March ... Mrs Castle


Recovering from a sudden collapse, Poirot finds little comfort in doctor's orders confining him to a strict regimen at an island health resort with Captain Hastings. However, better medicine is to be found in the murder of another guest, a famous film actress, and a long list of suspects. Written by Mark Cabot Robinson

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Filmed on Burgh Island, Devon, which also inspired Christie's book "And Then There Were None". See more »


(at around 1h 15 mins) On the far right-hand side behind the wall corner, we can see what turns out to be Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings) waiting for his cue. There's also a shadow on the wall at 1:15:32 that seems like a crew member holding their arm up as a signal for him to go. See more »


Chief Inspector Japp: Your brain never stops working, does it, Poirot?
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Version of Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun (2007) See more »

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An opulent beach spa is the setting in which Hercule Poirot attempts to unravel a murder mystery
5 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film sets in the provincial North Devon , England setting on Smuggler's Island off the Devonshire Coast from the Agatha Christie source 'Evil Under the Sun' novel . Various guests at a beach resort as suspects of a murder committed in a luxurious touristic place and Poirot trying to uncover the real murderer , including some red herrings . An amusing suspense and intrigue with Poirot on holidays . This whodunit deals with Hercule Poirot as the Belgian sleuth man in he case of killing a rich , unpopular actress in an island during a luxury vacation . An illness brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive resort frequented by the rich and famous . While Poirot enjoys the glamorous hotel an actress is found murdered on the beach . When the murder is committed , everyone has an alibi . Hercule is surrounded by an interesting assortment of characters , including various wealthy people , but it appears that everyone hates the killed woman . He investigates the tourists and numerous suspects , all support cast . Who is the killer? , can he find the guilty ? . Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot , our favourite and intimate detective , must unravel the mystery at the ending . Can Poirot identify the killer before he ends his vacation ?

David Suchet stars once more as ace Belgian detective in this enjoyable Agatha Christie mystery/whodunit with excellent pieces of scene-settings , and Poirot solving the murder of a shrewish actress at a spa . The film is a detective story in which you are the detective . Although there are not enough murder ; however , filmmaker sustains interest for the most avid Agatha Christie fans . In this episode there is mystery , emotion , suspense , wonderful outdoors and actors' interpretations are first-rate . The pairing of Poirot/Suchet and Hastings/Hugh Fraser gives top-notch fruits . And the arguments and discussions among suspects provide some delightful moments played by the accumulated talents of a fine support cast . After the clues have been shown we will get a chance to give the answer with Poirot finding out about the culprit at a twisted finale with outstanding surprises , but are taken the murders from different viewpoints of everyone , which it makes a little bit tiring and overlong . . Interesting plot well adapted , adding gorgeous locations and shot at a luxury hotel where Agatha Christie wrote the book "Evil Under the Sun" . The location is important , the island should be a star , just as the Nile steamer ¨Death on the Nile¨ and the Orient Express in the ¨Murder on the Orient Express¨ were stars . The movie gets a lush costume design and adequate production design . Along with colorful and sunny cinematography , being filmed on Burgh Island , Devon and including a sensitive and atmospheric musical score . Magnificent performances from a nice cast , a number of the cast had appeared in other Miss Marple chapters and Agatha Christie movies . This film was professionally directed by Brian Farnham who made a lot of episodes . The flick will appeal to suspense lovers and Agatha Christie-Poirot novels buffs

This series ¨Hercule Poirot¨ formed by 70 episodes stars the great David Suchet , usually accompanied by Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings , Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon . Splendid series in which David Suchet gives a fantastic acting similarly to Peter Ustinov . Suchet and Ustinov acting is similar to Albert Finney from ¨Murder on the Orient Express¨ . Ustinov starred various Hercule Poirot films, such as : ¨Evil under the sun¨ by Guy Hamilton with Jane Birkin , Nicholas Clay , Maggie Smith , Roddy McDowall ,Colyn Blakely , Sylvia Miles , James Mason , Denis Quilley , Diana Rigg ; it was made and released about forty-one years after Agatha Christie's source novel of the same name was first published in 1941 , being selected to be the 1982 Royal Film Performance , this movie was the first ever filmed version of this story, it being remade with ¨Poirot: Evil Under the Sun¨ (2001) with David Suchet . And ¨Death on the Nile¨ by John Guillermin with Lois Chiles , Bette Davis , Mia Farrow , Jon Finch , Olivia Hussey , I.S. Johar , George Kennedy , Angela Lansbury , Simon MacCorkindale, David Niven . And ¨Appointment with death¨ (1988) by Michael Winner with Piper Laurie , Lauren Bacall , John Gielgud , David Soul , Carrie Fisher , Jenny Seagrove . And for TV in low budget as : ¨Murder in three acts¨ ,¨Dead man's folly¨ and ¨Thirteen at dinner¨ ; but the best considered turn out to be ¨Death on the Nile¨ and ¨Evil under the sun¨ .

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13 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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