Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Murder in the Mews 

When a woman is found shot in her flat after Bonfire Night, Poirot is enlisted to decipher whether the victim died by her own hand, or by someone else's.


Edward Bennett


Clive Exton (dramatized by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Juliette Mole Juliette Mole ... Jane Plenderleith
David Yelland ... Laverton West
James Faulkner ... Major Eustace
Gabrielle Blunt Gabrielle Blunt ... Mrs. Pierce
John Cording ... Div. Insp. Jameson
Barrie Cookson Barrie Cookson ... Dr. Brett
Christopher Brown Christopher Brown ... Golfer
Bob Bryan Bob Bryan ... Barman
Beccy Wright Beccy Wright ... Maid
Nicholas Delve Nicholas Delve ... Freddie
Moya Ruskin Moya Ruskin ... Singer


Poirot is enlisted by Japp to help solve a mystery that took place on Bonfire Night in a mews flat. A Mrs. Allen was found shot, apparently a suicide, but she was holding the gun that killed her in the wrong hand, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, the ash-tray in the room contained the stubs of Turkish cigarettes smoked by one Major Eustace, a disreputable acquaintance.The victim was engaged to be married and seemingly had no cause to take her own life. Did she? Or was it murder in the mews? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

15 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs



Color (Eastman Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Yelland, who plays Laverton West here, later returned as a series regular. He played Poirot's valet, George, in seven episodes from 2006-2013. See more »


Right before the camera moves away from the blonde murder victim for the last time, her fingers are twitching. See more »


[first lines]
Hercule Poirot: Hastings, my friend, tell me: to blow up the English Parliament, was it a sin or a noble deed?
Captain Hastings: Oh, it's no good asking me, old son. I was never much of a one for politics. Where's Mrs Japp tonight, then?
Chief Inspector Japp: She can't abide fireworks.
Hercule Poirot: Ah, the noise disturbs the delicate sensibilities of many ladies.
Chief Inspector Japp: Maybe, maybe. I think it's more that she doesn't like to see people enjoying themselves.
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By Oliver Wallace and Harold Weeks
[female nightclub singer]
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Intriguing and engaging mystery with a great twist
17 July 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Chief Inspector Japp enlists Poirot's help in a case of his. Barbara Allen appears to have committed suicide but Japp isn't so sure. Several clues point to it potentially being murder. The most likely suspects are Jane Plenderleith - Mrs Allen's best friend, Laverton West - Ms Allen's fiancé - and the shadowy Major Eustace. Poirot and Hastings help out and uncover a most ingenious plan.

Intriguing and engaging mystery with a great twist. The murderer is not obvious at all, and there are several suspects. Some good red herrings and a wonderful twist near the end. Some great banter and humour too.

Almost ruined at the end by a rather unnecessary, sanctimonious speech by Poirot but thankfully it doesn't affect the outcome too much.

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