"The Fourth Man" is an episode of The Agatha Christie Hour starring John Nettles, Michael Gough, and Geoffrey Chater. When 3 learned men: a doctor, a lawyer, and a priest, debate a young woman's recent suicide, they are joined by a 4th man with intimate knowledge of the case.



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Episode cast overview:
... Raoul Letardau
... Sir George Durand
Geoffrey Chater ... Canon Parfitt
... Sir Campbell Clark
Prue Clarke ... Annette Ravel
Fiona Mathieson ... Felicie Bault
Roy Leighton ... Young Raoul
Barbara Bolton ... Mademoiselle
... The Count
... Stage Manager
Christopher Wren ... Annette's Attendant
... Juggler
... Porter


A man on a train tells to his fellow passengers the curious, creepy and compelling story of a young dancer dying of consumption and possessing slowly the body of a sturdy,dim-witted peasant girl,permitting so to her spirit a perennial life. Written by igorlongo

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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28 September 1982 (UK)  »

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Although John Nettles affects a heavy French action initially, it virtually disappears as time goes on. John Nettles' character is French. When he is relating the story to the three men on the train he is speaking in English, but since he is meant to be a Frenchman speaking in another tongue, he speaks with a French accent. In the flashback scenes he is 'speaking French', and so does not speak with a French accent. So, his French accent does not disappear, it is used to denote the times when he is not speaking in his own language. See more »


Felicie Bault: You made me look ridiculous.
Annette Ravel: [In a mean-spirited manner] I didn't have to try very hard.
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This One Is a Poser
8 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

As this tale concerns the supernatural and "orthodox: Christianity, it goes down rather hard on the pertinent points. I can understand everyone's perspective, especially the religious figure. While I appreciate his view, I can think that something else is at play in this instance for which his religious training did not prepare him.

It seems every prolific writer eventually delves into the supernatural. This is especially true of the mystery writers (such as Conan Doyle). However, throughout her works, I did not find Agatha Christie out of touch with the genre, either of the supernatural or the effects of religion, per se, some of which deserve pillorying. This is with the understanding that there is a difference in religion and literally taken Biblical Christianity. Christie did not demean Christianity, I have found, but its posing counterpart in the guise of standardized religion.

Thus, this was a bold endeavor, rather early-on in her career, and likely universally not anyone's favorite of her stories of any type. Personally, I come to her for diversion and entertainment, and the subject story does not fall into those ranks for me.

However, she is always good, and this is not a story I would revisit; however, it is not one that I would strike from my ownership of her works.

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