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)

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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)


Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julie Cox (Elsa Greer) and Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) appeared together in Inspector Lewis's "A Generation of Vipers" as Miranda Thornton and David Connelly. Julie Cox is almost unrecognizable between the two shows because in Inspector Lewis, she is a plain, mousy Oxford don who doesn't wear one speck of makeup. In Poirot, she is made up very glamorously, and it's hard to tell it's the same woman. See more »


We see young Amyas painting with his left hand. As an adult, he uses his right hand. See more »


Amyas Crale: Living in a house full of women is enough to send any man off his chump.
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Referenced in Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (2006) See more »


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19 February 2010 | by Edu-16See all my reviews

Quite the best Christie adaptation I or my wife have seen to date. We were particularly surprised by how emotionally engaged we were. Where as with most detective stories you remain dispassionate, quietly observing from the outside, FLP draws you in to care about the characters and come the final denouement we are both intellectually and emotional rewarded by the resolution.

The direction and story telling are perfect - cutting neatly between the present and five flashback accounts of the same 14 yrs old incident. We are led gently up all manner of garden paths, and even allowed to think we've 'nailed it' only to have our smugness shot down in the final reel. The acting is far above the norm, and the casting, especially of the flashback 'younger versions', particularly effective.

FLP is lovely to look at - with a nice contrast for the flashbacks to a heightened, over exposed look, and lovely to listen to - the score is a magnificently clever variation of the basic Poirot theme.

Yes - an all round joy that we even wanted to watch again the next day. A 'whodunit first' for us!

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