Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Big Four 

As the threat of world war looms large, Poirot seeks the help of friends both old and new when he is pitted against a dangerous group of dissidents responsible for a series of violent murders.


Peter Lydon


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Mark Gatiss (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Philip Jackson ... Assistant Commissioner Japp
David Yelland David Yelland ... George
Tom Brooke ... Tysoe
Nicholas Day ... Ingles (as Nick Day)
James Carroll Jordan ... Abe Ryland
Patricia Hodge ... Madame Olivier
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ... Stephen Paynter
Simon Lowe ... Dr. Quentin
Michael Culkin ... Savaranoff
Lou Broadbent Lou Broadbent ... Mabel
Sarah Parish ... Flossie Monro
Peter Symonds ... Jonathan Whalley


A Russian grand master dies mysteriously during an international chess match. The case is related to a political intrigue involving the so-called Peace Party and its leaders Madame Olivier and Abe Ryland. Poirot investigates with his old friends Hastings, Japp and Lemon, helped by a reporter and a minor actress, but the quartet must soon fight a dangerous battle with the Big Four, a secret society manipulating for their own personal chess game a great number of international celebrities. Written by igorlongo

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English | Russian

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27 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Jack Farthing (as Gerald Paynter), as of 2018, has now appeared alongside 2 different Poirots. David Suchet here in this rendition, and John Malkovich in The ABC Murders (2018). See more »


Events take place in 1939, on the eve of WWII. However, a newspaper article with an obituary says "First World War", the term that started to be used after WWII. See more »

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The Big Snore
28 July 2014 | by jerry-r-catesSee all my reviews

I love the Poirot series as a whole and am devoted to the actors, but, oh, Agatha, the leetle gray cells, this time they were dried up like a lime blossom tisane left out in the sun, eh? Such a waste of stellar actors and gorgeous settings. By the time it crawled to its limp ending, the only interesting thing was trying to figure out the composition of Poirot's mustache. Glued together starlet eyelashes? Melted licorice sticks? Christie was at her best with village settings where plot was grounded in characters that could be believed. When trying grand conspiracy like this or Miss Marple in Bertram's Hotel, there's not enough believability to engage me. I pray the next three are better than this before this otherwise glorious series ends for me.

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