Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Cards on the Table 

The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London's richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 'detectives' to his opulent apartment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Shaitana's Butler
Philip Bowen ... Mr Luxmore
... Mrs Luxmore
Zigi Ellison ... Mrs Craddock
... Major Despard
... Dr Roberts
... Miss Burgess
... Mrs Lorrimer
... Miss Meredith
... Millie
... Colonel Hughes
... Serge Mureau
... Shaitana
... Ariadne Oliver


Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana, who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are eight guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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19 March 2006 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alexander Siddig who plays the opening character goes by the name, 'Mr. Shaitana'. Ironically, this name means 'the naughty one' or 'the devil' in Hindi. See more »


When Poirot is discussing the rubbers of the bridge game he infers that each handwriting sample is different. Other than one rubber where the writing is only physically smaller, the handwriting samples are identical. See more »


Hercule Poirot: The question is, can Hercule Poirot possibly by wrong?
Mrs. Lorrimer: No one can always be right.
Hercule Poirot: But I am! Always I am right. It is so invariable it startles me. And now it looks very much as though I may be wrong, and that upsets me. But I should not be upset, because I am right. I must be right because I am never wrong.
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Why, Oh, Why?
23 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

My husband, who had not read the book, enjoyed this movie a great deal. I, on the other hand, was horrified with the changes. Where did all the homosexuality come from? As I recall none was even implied in the book? Since when was Mrs. Lorrimer Anne Meredith's mother? And even one of the murder weapons was changed; I found the idea of hat paint intriguing, as it spoke out of a young woman who could not afford to buy a new hat and had to revert to painting an old one--perhaps changing the trim as well. I guess the silver polish brought out the idea of servitude, so it's minor, but still. . .It's hard to conceive of hat paint nowadays--especially because no one wears hats unless they're part of a uniform! One of the things I did really like about this was seeing Alexander Siddig, whom I watched for years playing Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space 9, as Shaitana. He did very well. Zoe Wanamaker was terrific as Ariadne Oliver.

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