After spending a bit of a holiday in Paris, Poirot finds himself on a flight to London with an odd assortment of people, some of whom he had met during his stay. When one of the passengers, Madame Gisele, is murdered during the flight by a poisoned dart, Poirot is asked by Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard to assist with the investigation. Gisele was a well-known moneylender with penchant towards blackmail. When Lady Horbury denies knowing the dead woman - which Poirot knows is false - the police clearly have their prime suspect. Poirot however, sees a far more complex plot to gain access to the victims money.Written by
Philip Jackson, who played Japp in this version, also played Japp in a BBC Radio 4 production of Death in the Clouds. Poirot was played by John Moffatt See more »
Although the events take place in 1935, there is a Pelican book, with its distinctive blue and white spine on Clancy's shelf. Pelicans, the non-fiction imprint of Penguin, was founded in 1937. See more »
Absorbing and stylish, not Poirot's best, but a rock solid outing from the series
I only have vague memories of the book, so I can't judge properly by how faithful this adaptation is. That said, this is very absorbing and stylish. There are parts when the pace is a tad too sluggish and the final solution feels a bit more strained than it usually is. Even with the failings this is still a rock solid outing from the brilliant Poirot series. This adaptation is sumptuously filmed, with fine locations (Paris looked amazing!) and costumes, and the music is gorgeous. The acting is also very well done; David Suchet is impeccable as always as Poirot, and while Hugh Fraser as Hastings is noticeably absent, Phillip Jackson as Japp gets more screen time, and makes the most of it in a truly delightful performance. Sarah Woodward is very pretty and likable as Jane Grey, and Shaun Scott does a good job as Norman Gale. All in all, very well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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