Poirot (1989–2013)
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Mrs McGinty's Dead 

A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.


Ashley Pearce


Agatha Christie (novel), Nick Dear (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Joe Absolom ... James Bentley
Simon Molloy Simon Molloy ... District Judge
Richard Hope ... Spence
David Yelland David Yelland ... George
Sarah Smart ... Maude
Raquel Cassidy ... Maureen Summerhayes
Richard Dillane ... Major Summerhayes
Simon Shepherd ... Dr Rendell
Emma Amos ... Bessie Burch
Billy Geraghty Billy Geraghty ... Joe Burch
Ruth Gemmell ... Miss Sweetiman
Mary Stockley ... Eve Carpenter
Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver
Paul Rhys ... Robin Upward


James Bentley is tried for the murder of Abigail McGinty, the charwoman of Broadhinny who also took in Bentley as her lodger. The evidence is overwhelming, and soon after he is sentenced to hang. Superintendent Spence is not convinced of the man's guilt, and so he visits Poirot, asking him to look into the case. Poirot then heads off to the village, where he becomes the paying guest of Maureen and Major Johnnie Summerhayes. Ariadne Oliver, Poirot's novelist friend, has also come to Broadhinny to collaborate on a stage adaptation of one of her novels with dramatist Robin Upward. With the clue of a bottle of ink purchased by the dead woman shortly before her death, Poirot searches Mrs. McGinty's belongings and finds an edition of The Sunday Comet newspaper, where an article concerning two women connected with famous murders has been cut out. With the story are two photographs of the women. Poirot discovers that Mrs. McGinty had seen one of the photographs before, and knew to whom it ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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English | French

Release Date:

14 September 2008 (UK) See more »

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(11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 widescreen
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[first lines]
District Judge: James Gordon Bentley, you have been tried for murder. Abigail McGinty was found by the baker on the floor of the sitting-room with extensive wounds to the head. The house in Broadhinny evinced no sign of forced entry. All the police surgeon was able to ascertain was that she'd been hit with a sharp, heavy implement, probably some time the night before. You, Bentley, were suspected from the very beginning. You knew where she kept her money; you had recently lost your employment, and...
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oh why!!!
23 March 2009 | by hamlet-16See all my reviews

I have not read the book on which this Poirot is based but this episode suffers from all those thing that make the ghastly "Marple" series unwatchable.

I recognise that it is a matter of taste but why, oh why, is everything bathed in either smoke or a yellow haze in modern British television adaptions of anything set in the 30s! The original Poirots were eminently enjoyable but the new 2 hour adaptions including this one seem to be an entirely unrelated program without the charm or humour of the original which have been replaced with an arch and cloying style that is truly annoying.

It is as if the producers are really trying to parody Agatha Christie's work.

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