Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Chocolate Box 

While in Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded the brilliance of his 'little grey cells.'


Ken Grieve


Agatha Christie (story "The Chocolate Box"), Douglas Watkinson (dramatisation)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Rosalie Crutchley ... Madame Deroulard
Anna Chancellor ... Virginie Mesnard
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Gaston Beaujeu
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ... Claude Chantalier
Geoffrey Whitehead ... Xavier St. Alard
Mark Eden ... Boucher
Jonathan Barlow Jonathan Barlow ... Jean-Louis Ferraud
James Coombes ... Paul Deroulard
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Francois
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... Denise
Kirsten Clark Kirsten Clark ... Jeanette
Michael Beint Michael Beint ... Coroner
Lucy Cohu ... Marianne Deroulard


Accompanying Inspector Japp to Brussels, who is receiving an award from the Belgian government, Hercule Poirot tells him a case from 20 years before. Poirot was a young policeman at the time and at the request of Virginie Mesnard, agrees to investigate the death of rising young politician, Paul Deroulard. The courts had already ruled that he had died of a heart attack, but she believes he was murdered. Poirot believed Deroulard had been poisoned, likely from a box of chocolates he had been given by an aristocrat, Xavier St. Alard. In the end, Poirot identified the killer, even obtaining a confession, but chose not to make it public, for reasons that he explains to his colleagues. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 February 1993 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium See more »

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(36 episodes)
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Did You Know?


This is the episode in which Poirot receives his iconic lapel pin from Virginie Farraud. The pin is called A "Tussie Mussie" which means Sweet Posey. It is also called a "Victorian Vase". A fresh flower or nosegay of flowers and herbs can be placed in the top, for sweet smell or to match the color or style of one's suit. Poirot's pin was made by an induatry, jeweler, New Zealander Gavan Riley. Many say Virginie was Poirot's first true love. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Deroulard: Can't you understand! It's our future and Belgium's future that I'm thinking of! The Catholic church has narrowed your mind, Marianne, just as it has my mother's.
Marianne Deroulard: But don't you see, Paul? You keep asking me to choose between *you* and my *faith*.
Paul Deroulard: I can't believe what you're saying, Marianne. You mean fresh ideas have no place in your mind? My God, we're into a new century, but you are *stuck* in the last! Just like your damned clergy.
Marianne Deroulard: Attacking the church won't help Belgium, Paul. ...
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A very beautiful episode of the series
26 August 2017 | by cemil-turunSee all my reviews

This is probably one of the best episodes of the Poirot series in my judgment. Several observations: 1)The beautiful widow, Virginie is smitten by young Poirot. She helps him find the murderer but also presents him a diamond embroidered silver pin (with a variety of dried flowers of different colors inserted into the pin) to show her affection to the young officer.

2) She later marries Poirot's best friend, the chemist who helped Poirot solve the case. Their elder boy is named Hercules, further indication that her love to Poirot was present even as she wed his best friend.

3) Does the episode imply that the boy named Hercules is Poirot's own son? I think not. All over the episodes Poirot is depicted as a singularly private man if not in the closet gay. I think, Hercules Poirot, even if he was gay, never actually got over his love for this woman, since he always kept her present, the silver pin, on his heart until his own death in the last episode of the series. Except for a single episode, the one that takes part in Rhodes.

9 out of 10.

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