Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb 

Shortly after opening an ancient Egyptian tomb, members of an English-American museum expedition start dropping off like flies. Can it truly be the Pharaoh's curse? Poirot travels to Egypt to unravel the mystery.


Peter Barber-Fleming (as Peter Barber Fleming)


Clive Exton (dramatized by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Rolf Saxon ... Dr. Ames
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Henry Schneider
Jon Strickland Jon Strickland ... Dr. Fosswell
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ... Felix Bleibner
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Rupert Bleibner
Simon Cowell-Parker Simon Cowell-Parker ... Nigel Harper
Grant Thatcher Grant Thatcher ... Sir Guy Willard
Anna Cropper ... Lady Willard
Mozaffar Shafeie ... Hassan
Peter Reeves Peter Reeves ... Sir John Willard
Robert Wisdom ... Waiter (as Bob Wisdom)


Hercule Poirot is called upon to solve a series of mysterious deaths that are centered around the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Sir John Willard died moments after he and a group of archaeologists entered an ancient tomb. The expedition's physician, Dr. Ames, concluded it was a heart attack but soon other members begin to die in mysterious circumstances. One dies of blood poisoning from a relatively mild cut while another dies of tetanus. One member who has returned to New York has taken his own life. Rumors are soon circulating that an Egyptian curse is felling all those who desecrated the ancient tomb. Poirot and Captain Hastings set off for Egypt to determine what is happening and who might be behind it. Written by garykmcd

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17 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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Although the episode opens with a newsreel that shows the opening of the tomb, when the scene cuts to the actual opening there is no camera present filming the event. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreader: [voiceover] The pyramids of Egypt, the last surviving of the seven wonders of the world. The latest expedition by famous archaeologist Sir John Willard may soon reveal more of this ancient world's mysteries with the discovery of the tomb of Egyptian king Men-Her-Ra. No doubt there will be rivalry between Doctor Fosswell of the British Museum and Doctor Schneider of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, but keep it friendly, eh, chaps. The local workers' fear of a death curse laid ...
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"Playing the good golf is no reason not to commit suicide, Hastings."
10 August 2015 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Immediately after entering an ancient Egyptian tomb, lead archaeologist, Sir John Willard falls dead of an apparent heart attack. Following his death, three more members of his party die in fairly quick succession. Is it the curse of Men-Her-Ra or it there something (or someone) more modern behind the rash of deaths? Poirot travels to Egypt to look for answers.

Yet another fantastic episode in a fantastic series. The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb has everything you could ask for in a Poirot episode. It's a little darker than some of the earlier episodes with less humor. Sure, there's a funny moment or two, but the overall tone is different. The locations shots are once again outstanding. The costuming is especially good. The Egyptian desert outfits are a treat. The episode if brilliantly shot. Every scene looks impeccable. The acting is good. Suchet is at his best in the uncomfortable conditions provided by the desert. His rant about sand was perfect. And the music had a very ominous, otherworldly quality to it that suited the prospect of a curse quite nicely. My only complaint is the critical information known only to Poirot that he uses to solve the case. But as good as the rest of this episode is, it hardly matters.

I'm not sure if I enjoyed The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb as much as The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, but there's no denying it's a damn fine episode.

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