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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Technical Specs


| (11 episodes)


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 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: Human nature has an infinite capacity to surprise.
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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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Watson, my dear chap, hand me that box of tissues, will you?
9 November 2007 | by tml_pohlak_13See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. It was VERY faithful to the book. And the book is a heart-breaking novel. I was moved to tears. There was only one MAJOR change, and that was (the usual) making a character gay. There was also a tense moment at the end, with an attempted assassination of the killer. This scene was never in the novel. (It's just a tense psychological moment.) But other than that, the movie was fantastic. An enjoyable cast and great storyline, and David Suchet once again plays the unbelievable Hercule Poirot. To summarize, the movie was an enjoyable experience, faithful to the original material unlike some episodes out there (*cough* Cards on the Table *cough*). Well done!

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