Poirot is approached by a Mrs. Todd, whose cook, Eliza Dunn, has suddenly disappeared. Poirot manages to track down the cook , and she tells him that a stranger, acting for a law firm, told her that she had inherited a property in the North of England but she had to go there immediately. Her heavy trunk was called for but it was deposited at the train station, where Poirot makes an interesting discovery, connected to a recent bank robbery.Written by
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David Suchet was recommended by Agatha Christie's family for the titular role of this series after seeing him in BBC's "Blott on the Landscape." According to an interview with Strand Magazine, Suchet actually prepared for the role of Blott by becoming the (somewhat) similar character Hercule Poirot. Suchet said, "I ploughed through most of Agatha Christie's novels about Hercule Poirot and wrote down characteristics until I had a file full of documentation of the character. And then it was my business not only to know what he was like, but to gradually become him." Not only did it win him the six-episode Blott series, but the Poirot series spanning a quarter of a century. See more »
So I just finished spending a year reading all the Poirot novels and stories and watching all the Suchet Poirot episodes. In preparation for the Emmys, where Suchet is nominated for his work in Curtain, I'm watching all the episodes one last time and writing a review for each one.
This was a charming light hearted opener for the series. I like how they highlighted the way that Poirot was able to get information by appealing to the psychology of whoever he was talking to (often through flattery), whether it was lady of the house, the cook, or the porter at the train station. By far my favorite part was his interaction with the maid. I wonder if, having filmed the first interview with the maid and seeing how well it went, they decided to film the second scene with her as well, which was a deviation from the original short story.
I also enjoyed the references to Poirot's snobbery, especially the graceful apology he made to Mrs. Todd after almost refusing to help her. I think that was the best line from the original story that they borrowed.
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