Poirot (1989–2013)
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Taken at the Flood 

A young widow is left in sole possession of her late husband's fortune, and her brother refuses to share it with her in-laws - so they enlist Poirot to try to prove that the widow's missing first husband might not be dead after all.


Andy Wilson


Agatha Christie (novel), Guy Andrews (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Jenny Agutter ... Adela Marchmont
Patrick Baladi ... Rowley Cloade
Eva Birthistle ... Rosaleen / Eileen
Elliot Cowan ... David Hunter
Amanda Douge ... Lynn Marchmont
Penny Downie ... Frances Cloade
Richard Durden ... Pebmarsh
Claire Hackett ... Beatrice Lippincott
Richard Hope ... Supt. Harold Spence
Celia Imrie ... 'Aunt' Kathy Cloade
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Major James Porter
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Dr. Lionel Woodward
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs Leadbetter
Pip Torrens ... Jeremy Cloade


Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality. Written by garykmcd

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Three cast members had previously acted in Poirot movies starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot. Tim Pigott-Smith previously played a leading part in Dead Man's Folly (1986). Celia Imrie had a small, uncredited part as a maid in Death on the Nile (1978). Additionally, David Suchet's first foray into the world of Poirot was actually as Inspector Japp in Thirteen at Dinner (1985). See more »


When Poirot is at the inn examining the murder scene, the "dead" body can be seen breathing. See more »


Hercule Poirot: This woman in the scarf, Madame: she was up the stairs or down?
Mrs. Leadbetter: She was scuttling down, having leeched the vital juices from your customer in number three.
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Clapper loader Jon Hurley is credited as 'upper loader'. See more »

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I agree with Nikolas Pontikos
2 July 2006 | by jptwo-2See all my reviews

I have just seen "Taken at the Flood" on DVD. I agree that those episodes produced after Japp, Hastings and Lemon were no longer in the story line are not near as entertaining. Poirot is portrayed as almost a different character. He is more harsh and sometimes rude. This is not the Poirot of old. One thing I have noticed about these last four is the transition from one scene to another, especially the scene changes at obvious "commercial breaks". It seems that the episode is so poorly edited that we are missing parts of the presentation. It is as though these DVD's contain copies of the same ones edited for television. If this true, we seem to be cheated. One more thing, The cast shown on IMDb for "Taken at the Flood" includes Hugh Fraser as Hastings and Philip Jackson as Japp. My wife and were excited to see this but alas, they were nowhere to be found in the episode.

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Release Date:

17 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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