Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Cornish Mystery 

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Alice Pengelley visits Poirot in London, telling him she thinks she is being poisoned by her husband. When Poirot arrives in Cornwall the next day to investigate Mrs. Pengelley's charges, he is too late, and finds her dead.


Edward Bennett


Clive Exton (dramatized by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Chloe Salaman ... Freda Stanton
John Bowler ... Jacob Radnor
Jerome Willis ... Edward Pengelley
Amanda Walker ... Mrs Pengelley
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Jessie Dawlish
Derek Benfield ... Dr Adams
Laura Girling Laura Girling ... Edwina Marks
John Rowe ... Prosecutor
Hugh Munro Hugh Munro ... Judge
Graham Callan Graham Callan ... Solicitor
Edwina Day Edwina Day ... Landlady


Poirot and Captain Hastings travel to Cornwall at the request of Mrs. Pengelly but arrive to find that the woman is dead. She had told Poirot the previous day that she feared her dentist husband, Edward Pengelly, had been having an affair with his pretty receptionist and that further, he was trying to poison her. Apart from her husband, she has a niece and her fiancé, but no other relatives in the village. When Inspector Japp arrests the husband for murder, the Belgian detective is convinced that the wrong person is in the dock. Written by garykmcd

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The village used is not Cornish at all. It is Dunster, which is in Somerset. In the final few scenes, Inspector Japp is stood under the eaves of the Dunster Yarn Market, and Dunster Castle is clearly visible in the background. See more »


The train going to and from Polgarwith station is formed of British Rail Mark 1 carriages, which were first introduced in 1951, but the story is set in the 1930s. See more »


[first lines]
Hercule Poirot: Are you feeling better, Hastings?
Captain Hastings: Yes. Yes, I am, as a matter of fact. Takes the pressure off the pancreas, you see.
Hercule Poirot: Hein, the pancreas is nothing. Of the digestive organs, the liver is the key. Look after the liver and life will take care of itself.
Miss Lemon: Your tisane, Monsieur Poirot
Hercule Poirot: Thank you, Miss Lemon. This is what you need, Hastings.
Captain Hastings: No fear; I've tasted it.
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Poirot visits the country to solve a poisoning crime
26 January 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) travels to rural England to solve this TV series mystery. Faithful sidekick, Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) goes along, and they soon find Scotland Yard present after a murder. Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) thinks he has an open and shut case. If one were to believe the rumors and gossip that would be true. But, naturally, Poirot doesn't go along.

His keen eye gets to the bottom of the murder by poisoning. And, the clever Poirot has to use a scheme up his sleeve to expose the real murderer. After all, he has no proof.

This is a wonderful addition to a collection of one of the best mystery series ever made for TV. Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series, with David Suchet and company, is without a doubt the most entertaining of all the mystery series.

The humor that starts this film has Hastings sitting on the floor and doing deep breathing exercises. Poirot is looking out the window at the rain, and shows some irritation on his face. He turns and walks over to Hastings. Poirot, "Are you feeling better, Hastings? Hastings, "Yes...Yes... Takes the pressure off the pancreas, you see." Poirot, "Ah, the pancreas is nothing. Of the digestive organs, the liver is the key. Look after the liver and life will take care of itself."

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28 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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