Poirot (1989–2013)
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A famous pie manufacturer tells Poirot that he has dreamt of his own suicide, then dies under the same circumstances he dreamt about the very next day.


Edward Bennett


Clive Exton (dramatisation)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Alan Howard ... Benedict Farley / Hugo Cornworthy
Joely Richardson ... Joanna Farley
Mary Tamm ... Mrs. Farley
Martin Wenner ... Herbert Chudley
Christopher Saul Christopher Saul ... Mr. Tremlett
Paul Lacoux Paul Lacoux ... Dr. Stillingfleet
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Holmes
Tommy Wright Tommy Wright ... Workman
Fred Bryant Fred Bryant ... Workman
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Mayor (as Donald Bissett)
Arthur Howell Arthur Howell ... Fencing Instructor


Hercule Poirot is puzzled when Benedict Farley summons him to a late night meeting. Farley is known as the king of pies as his company manufactures a well-known brand of meat pies. At their meeting, he tells Poirot of a recurring dream where he takes a gun from his desk drawer, walks to his office window and commits suicide. His only question for Poirot is whether someone could be manipulating him psychologically. When Farley is found dead the next day - in circumstances that appear to match those in his dream - Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves assisting Inspector Japp in a case that involves false identities and an affair. It is Miss Lemon, however, who provides Poirot with the vital information that allows him to solve the case Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

19 March 1989 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The location used for the Art Deco style Farley's Factory was a Hoover vacuum cleaner factory built in the 1930s west of London. The building is still intact but has been converted to a Tesco supermarket. See more »


Obvious stunt doubles at the end for Capt. Hastings and the culprit as they topple down a set of stairs. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreel Voice: British pies are famous the world over, and last year Farley's Foods produced five million of 'em. Everything from steak and kidney to Cornish pasty. But that's not enough for old man Farley; he wants to double the score. Work's been pushing ahead on the new extension to his factory, and this week the great day dawns.
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The Dream
2 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Benedict Farley is the wealthy owner of a pie factory, a man with a Victorian attitude. He makes lots of pies, keeps a tight grip on his family and expects his low paid staff to be grateful to him for providing employment to them.

Farley calls in Poirot because he has been having a recurring dream that he will kill himself at a certain time of the day. Indeed his body is found by an employee the following day.

Poirot is called in because he seems to be the only one Farley confided to about this dream.

I thought behind Farley and his bushy eyebrows and thick spectacles was the actor Bob Peck as he sounded like him. The episode does feature descendants of the great and the good. Joely Richardson (daughter of Vanessa Redgrave) and Alan Howard (nephew of Leslie Howard.)

The iconic art deco Hoover Building stands in for the pie factory. It is now a Tesco supermarket and an Indian restaurant. My wife immediately remarked that it looked familiar to her as we have visited the building.

The mystery does share a theme to an earlier episode from the first series but it is enjoyable enough but not really a deep mystery.

By and large I liked the first series even if some of the mysteries were not too strong. The hour length episodes were tight, ITV had lavished money on the series with the art deco art direction being outstanding. Suchet hit the right note with his portrayal, smart, wily and humorous.

It was a shame that the later feature length film versions became flabby, the art and set directions were not as exquisite and Poirot became rather a bad tempered bore.

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