Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Hallowe'en Party 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 3 July 2011
During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.


(as Charles Palmer)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Judith Butler
... Ariadne Oliver
... Rowena Drake
Mary Higgins ... Miranda Butler
... Mrs Reynolds
... Frances Drake
... Edmund Drake
... Reverend Cottrell
... Miss Whittaker
Macy Nyman ... Joyce Reynolds
Richard Breislin ... Leopold Reynolds
David Yelland ... George
... Mrs Goodbody
... Michael Garfield


When Ariadne Oliver and her friend, Judith Butler, attend a children's Halloween party in the village of Woodleigh Common, a young girl named Joyce Reynolds boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. Joyce's story is heard by all the party, including her strange brother Leopold, the impeccable hostess Rowena Drake, her bookish son Edmund, and the local Reverend Cottrell. Mrs Whittaker, the church organist, and Frances Drake, Rowena's feisty daughter, are dismissive of her story, but later that evening Joyce's lifeless body is discovered face-down in the apple-bobbing bucket. At Mrs Oliver's behest, Poirot travels down to Woodleigh Common to investigate the murder. Although the local police and Joyce's stepmother dismiss the dead girl's claim, Poirot takes Joyce's story seriously. Mrs Goodbody, a gossiping charwoman, tells Poirot there have been a number of suspicious deaths in the village in recent years which Joyce could indeed have witnessed, and that old curses still ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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Did You Know?


Fenella Woolgar who plays Miss Whittaker in this episode, once also played Agatha Christie herself in an episode of "Doctor Who". See more »


The green witch makeup and decorations at the party, while appropriate if the episode had been set in the 1960s (as was the book), are out of place for a story set in the 1930s. Green was not a color associated with witches until Margaret Hamilton make to look famous in as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939), where the green makeup was designed to take advantage of the Technicolor look of the movie. See more »


[first lines]
Judith Butler: It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, Ariadne.
Ariadne Oliver: No, no. Better take my time. Last one looked like it had had a stroke!
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Good adaptation
4 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Lately we've been used to seeing some Agatha Christie adaptations which take her titles, her name, and then completely alter the stories. Thankfully "Hallowe'en Party" isn't one of them. Starring the wonderful David Suchet as Poirot, a role he has been playing for 22 years, how can it miss? Also in the cast are Zoe Wannamaker as Ariadne Oliver, brilliant as ever, as well as Julian Rhind-Tutt, Deborah Findlay and Mary Higgins.

In typical Christie fashion, the story starts innocently enough at a children's Halloween party where one little girl, Joyce Reynolds, announces that she once saw a murder, but at the time, didn't realize that's what she was seeing. Joyce is known to be a big liar, so no one pays much attention...until she winds up dead. Ariadne calls her friend Poirot to look into the matter. He starts by looking into deaths that have taken place in the last five years and finds three that fit the bill. Before he is very far into his investigation, however, there is another death.

A truly excellent story with lots of twists and turns and highly recommended to Christie fans, especially those put off by the Australian Miss Marples!

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