Poirot (1989–2013)
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Five Little Pigs 

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.


Paul Unwin


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Rachael Stirling ... Caroline Crale
Aidan Gillen ... Amyas Crale
Toby Stephens ... Philip Blake
Marc Warren ... Meredith Blake
Aimee Mullins ... Lucy Crale
Julie Cox ... Elsa Greer
Gemma Jones ... Miss Williams
Sophie Winkleman ... Angela Warren
Talulah Riley ... Young Angela
Patrick Malahide ... Depleach
Annette Badland ... Mrs. Spriggs
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Judge
Richard Teverson ... Hollinghurst
Melissa Suffield Melissa Suffield ... Young Lucy


Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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| (11 episodes)

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Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three of the actors who appeared in Five Little Pigs also appeared in Marple: Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (2004), Julie Cox (Elsa Greer) played Young Miss Marple, Rachael Stirling (Caroline Crale) played Griselda Clement, and Marc Warren (Meridith Blake) played Captain Ainsworth. See more »


Talulah Riley has light hazel eyes whereas Sophie Winkleman has dark brown eyes and they both play Angela Warren. See more »


Hercule Poirot: The truth, it has the habit of revealing itself...
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Referenced in Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (2006) See more »


Alice Blue Gown
from the musical "Irene"
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Heard on a recording, sung by Edith Day
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Heart-breaking tragedy
27 April 2004 | by felix-38See all my reviews

This film is incredibly good. The cast is uniformly good. The direction is clever and thoughtful. The music is beautiful. The script has all the essentials of the plot and remarkably faithful to the book. I would be quite willing to say it's the best Christie adaptation so far. It's so good in fact that it could have been made for the silver screen. I even forgive the fact that it isn't set on a rocky battlement as it is in the book - the documentary on the DVD explains why - budgetary constraints - and the water garden does just as well. All the heart-breaking tragedy from the book - and it is a tragedy, even for the culprit - is there. It bodes well for the next lot of Poirot films, and so too for the upcoming Miss Marples. I thank the producers for having the courage, which has paid off handsomely. Well done.

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