In this classic Agatha Christie detective story, former diplomat Charles Hayward has returned from Cairo to London to become a private detective. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Hayward is invited to solve the crime. As the investigation deepens he must confront the shocking realization that one of the key suspects is Aristede's beautiful granddaughter, his employer and former lover; and must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family.
Lady Edith says to Charles, "Sophia believes there's a Borgia living under this roof." The Borgias were a powerful family during the 15th and 16th centuries who were suspected of many crimes, notably murder by poisoning. Max Irons's (Charles Hayward) father Jeremy Irons played Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI) in The Borgias (2011). See more »
Charles gave the car repairman a starter cable, which he had obviously removed himself, and claimed this is the reason the car would not start, however, when he tried to start it, the starter worked perfectly, but the engine would not fire. This implies that it was the ignition system that he tampered with, not the starter motor. See more »
Death of a legend. It is with sorrow that the country learned this week of the death of Aristide Leonides. Born in 1871, he arrived from Greece, aged 23, without a penny in his pocket, and opened his first restaurant that same year. The first hotel was ready for business not long after. His first wife, Lady Marcia de Haviland, died young. But Mr. Leonides wasn't alone at the end. He is survived by his young and lovely American widow, Brenda. Here is Mr. Leonides with his eldest ...
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It is so wonderful to see Agatha Christie's work still in demand, on the small and big screen alike. Brave to see the production team take on Crooked House, a feat never before attempted. The results are pretty good, as a novel I think Crooked House is one of her best, it is outstanding, so the story is not in question, firstly it's quite a faithful adaptation, and they were brave enough to stick with the shock ending. The acting is excellent, Glenn Close is commanding in every single scene, showing the class act she is. Gillian Anderson and young Honor Kneafsey also impress. The settings and fashions are flawless, it looks wonderfully glamorous, and is again in keeping with the text. If I were being critical I would pick on some of the editing and cutting, at times it was a bit clunky, which is a shame because the core elements are strong.
I'm always glad to see a new production from Agatha Christie's catalogue of brilliance. More please, 7/10
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