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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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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 »


When Poirot reads a newspaper article in the Reading Room of the British Library, the article is seen to consist of the same sentence repeated several times over, in a different typeface from the rest of the page, and with several spelling and punctuation errors. See more »


Lucy Crale: I've heard about you. The things you've done. The way you work. It's psychology. It's your forte, n'est-ce-pas?
Hercule Poirot: C'est vrai. My success, it is founded in psychology, or, the 'Why?' of human behavior."
[Pointing to his head]
Hercule Poirot: It is this that I use.
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Five Little Pigs
by Christopher Gunning
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Hauntingly beautiful
22 December 2005 | by IncalculacableSee all my reviews

The Poirot series has always appealed to me because I love that era, but also because it's intriguing and interesting. This is no exception - actually, this is one of my favorites, if not THE favorite.

A young woman asks to meet Poirot and she explains that she believes her Mother was wrongly hanged for killing her Father. There are a number of flashbacks, beautifully arranged in accurate places. Every suspect is interviewed and gives their account on the story. One little pig is lying.

Not only did the incredibly sad story make an impact on me, but the hauntingly beautiful score which set just the right mood (mysterious, sad, haunting) for the movie. It is the cherry on top of a very beautiful, yummy cake.

Poirot: Five Little Pigs is one of the best movies I've seen. It just feels right. You just relax and enjoy the story - you don't have to cringe at bad actors. A truly beautiful, hauntingly sad movie.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

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1.78 : 1
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