Agatha Christie's 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)

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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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13 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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The hotel at Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, where this episode was filmed, is the one where Agatha Christie wrote the book "Evil Under the Sun". See more »


During the flashback of Hastings reading the telegram received by Arlena Stuart, he says "Send the money now or you will lose a great deal", but the word "now" does not appear in the typed telegram shown on screen. See more »


Hercule Poirot: [as a waitress sets down his plate of roast beef and vegetables] Voila, Hastings! The little gray cells, they are the army of Napoleon.
Hastings: You mean they march on their stomach.
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Version of Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun (2007) See more »

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15 July 2003 | by lje32677See all my reviews

As with the late Jeremy Brett and Sherlock Holmes, I can only see David Suchet as Agatha Christies "Hercule Poirot", though Peter Ustinov was a great actor. "Evil Under the Sun" is much as the Poirot mysteries of the past. The wonderful characters of Hastings(Hugh Fraser), Miss Lemon(Pauline Moran) and Chief Inspector Japp(Philip Jackson)join Poirot in the solving of a mystery on England's South Coast at a health spa. As the story continues, each character reveals a little bit more of their personalities, and the watcher sees each has gotten a reason to kill Arlena Stuart(Louise Delamere). There are several twists and turns and the ending is surprising, yet as the ending appears all the answers were already there if the watcher looks closely.

I do recommend this film for all those who love Agatha Christie and David Suchet. My only wish; I would hope that David Suchet would think seriously of making "Murder on the Orient Express".

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