Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor 

Poirot is drawn into a case where a man is found dead on the grounds of his estate, apparently frightened to death by the spirits that haunt it.


Renny Rye


David Renwick (dramatized by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Ian McCulloch ... Jonathan Maltravers
Geraldine Alexander ... Susan Maltravers
Alastair Duncan ... Captain Black (as Neil Duncan)
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Miss Rawlinson
Desmond Barrit ... Samuel Naughton
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ... Danvers
Edward Jewesbury ... Dr Bernard
Geoffrey Swann Geoffrey Swann ... Police Sergeant
Hilary Sesta Hilary Sesta ... Doctor's Receptionist
David Lloyd David Lloyd ... Museum Attendant
Pat Keen Pat Keen ... Civil Defence Organiser
Richard Bebb Richard Bebb ... Newsreader (voice)


Having been lured to the village of Marsdon Leigh under false pretenses - the local hotel owner is unable to solve the crime in his own manuscript and so invites the detective to solve a "murder" - Poirot and Hastings are asked to look into the death of Mr. Maltravers, owner of the local manor house. The local rumor mill has it that the Marsdon Manor is haunted by several ghosts and Maltravers' wife is convinced that her husband was frightened to death. In the end, Poirot initiates a clever ruse to obtain a confession from the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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3 February 1991 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)


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[first lines]
Danvers: [shoots a rook] Damn pests!
[Jonathan knocks the body of the rook out of the tree, then stumbles and falls]
Susan Maltravers: Jack!
[she runs to him]
Susan Maltravers: I'm here, darling, I'm here.
Jonathan Maltravers: It's all right, Susan. I just stumbled, that's all.
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One of my all time favourites
8 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I would list the Tragedy at Marsdon Manor as one of my favourite Poirot episodes. It has so much to it, so many wonderful ingredients in the mix, great characters, great location, humour, a supernatural element, and of course we see Poirot's ego take a small beating.

I can't fault the story at all, it's so clever, so detailed, you wonder how the murderer could possibly have done it, and what possible motive they'd have had. I love the ending, the way it's put together and played out. Poirot is at his very best, his grey cells are put to good use as he discovers the flaw in the evidence.

It's visually very appealing, the house and location work look superb. I especially enjoyed the scenes where the villagers are receiving gas mask training, the authenticity is exceptional.

Terrific performances, Geraldine Alexander is fantastic, no stranger to quality Agatha Christie dramas of course, how her character differs here to the soft Gwenny in Sleeping Murder.

I loved Poirot's scenes with the Hotel owner, that whole conversation about kippers and Grimsby is hilarious, you can see David Renwick's influence on the writing, truly very funny.

One of my favourites. 10/10

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