Poirot (1989–2013)
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Elephants Can Remember 

Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter tasks her to find out the truth behind her parents' mysterious deaths.


John Strickland


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Nick Dear (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... General Ravenscroft
Annabel Mullion ... Lady Ravenscroft
Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver
Greta Scacchi ... Mrs. Burton-Cox
Iain Glen ... Doctor Willoughby
Vincent Regan ... Detective Inspector Beale
Alexandra Dowling ... Marie
Vanessa Kirby ... Celia Ravenscroft
Caroline Blakiston ... Julia Carstairs
Elsa Mollien ... Zelie Rouxelle
Maxine Evans ... Mrs. Buckle
Hazel Douglas ... Mrs. Matcham
Jo-Anne Stockham ... Mrs. Willoughby
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Desmond Burton-Cox


Ariadne Oliver is accosted by the unpleasant Mrs Burton-Cox, whose son Desmond has hopes of marrying Ariadne's beautiful goddaughter Celia Ravenscroft. But Mrs Burton-Cox will not give her blessings to the match until she learns the truth of the deaths of Celia's parents, who were found shot to death on the grounds of their estate a decade before. Were they murdered, or was it a suicide pact? If they were murdered, who shot whom? Despite being insulted by the woman's impertinence, Ariadne is nevertheless drawn to the cold case by curiosity, and resolves to find out the truth when she is persuaded by Celia herself. When she turns to Poirot for assistance, however, she finds him already preoccupied investigating the murder of an elderly psychiatrist who was the father of a personal friend. So Ariadne sets out to solve the Ravenscroft affair herself, with the mantra that 'elephants can remember' - no matter how much time has passed and how much people who were acquainted with the ... Written by shanty_sleuth

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Release Date:

11 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


(9 episodes)


Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two Game of Thrones (2011) performers appear in this Poirot tale. Iain Glen and Alexandra Dowling portrayed Jorah Mormont and Roslin Frey, respectively. See more »


When the police drain the bathtub where the doctor is, you can see the actor involuntarily wiggle his mouth to keep the cloth inside it. See more »

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A bit convoluted but entertaining nevertheless
21 June 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Hercule Poirot's friend, the crime-writer Ariadne Oliver, is approached by a woman, Mrs Burton-Cox, who inquires about the death of General and Lady Ravenscroft, 13 years earlier. Ms Oliver is initially shocked and repulsed by her line of questioning but afterwards is intrigued about the details of the event, as it seemed like a double suicide or murder-suicide. She asks Poirot for help but he declines, having another case, so she does her own investigating. Then Doctor Willoughby, the psychiatrist who treated the sister of Lady Ravenscroft, is murdered in his own asylum. Poirot investigates and starts to think there may be a connection between the two events.

A bit convoluted but entertaining nevertheless. Not obvious who the murderer(s) is/are, largely through much of the detail not being available to the viewer, unfortunately. Still makes for a good story though.

Zoe Wanamaker is in top form as Ariadne Oliver. While not quite a Hastings, she's still a pretty good substitute.

Cast includes Greta Scacchi, Iain Glen (Jorah in Game of Thrones) and Ferdinand Kingsley, the son of Ben Kingsley.

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