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Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

ITV 1989

From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S13E5

#1 - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

8.82

Season 13 - Episode 5

In the post-war climate of the late 1940s, an ailing Poirot reunites with his old friend Captain Hastings at Styles Court, the place where they had solved their first murder together almost thirty years previously. Styles is now a modest guest house run by an elderly couple, and Poirot knows that one of the guests staying there is a heartless serial killer. The suspects range from a chemist and his invalid wife, a dashing but untrustworthy major, a charming aristocrat, a melancholic middle-aged woman, an unobtrusive birdwatcher, and Hastings' own feisty daughter. With Hastings' assistance, an incapacitated Poirot tries to prevent another murder from occurring, knowing that his own end is nearing.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 148 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S12E3

#2 - Murder on the Orient Express

8.44

Season 12 - Episode 3

Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American business man stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express, blocked by a blizzard in the Serbian mountains.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 142 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S12E4

#3 - The Clocks

8.40

Season 12 - Episode 4

Investigating a spy-ring Colin Race comes to Wilbraham Crescent, where he literally bumps into agency typist Sheila Webb, as she comes flying out of number 19, the home of blind ex-teacher Millicent Pebmarsh. Sheila has discovered the body of a man whose identity proves hard to confirm, surrounded by four clocks, stopped at the same time. Miss Pebmarsh does not know the man and did not ask for the services of Sheila, who is the initial chief suspect. However, as Poirot is brought in to assist Inspector Hardcastle in the case, and the murderer strikes again, Poirot comes to realise that the man was killed elsewhere and brought to Miss Pebmarsh's house. The neighbours claim to have seen nothing but Poirot believes one of them may have had a secret which was worth killing for and sets out to unmask them, as well as explaining the significance, if any, of the clocks. At the same time Colin solves his investigation but with mixed results.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 117 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S13E4

#4 - The Labours of Hercules

8.38

Season 13 - Episode 4

The sleuth falls victim to depression after failing to prevent the murder of a society girl by notorious art thief Marrascaud. His confidence shattered, Poirot eventually returns to work when a lonely chauffeur begs him to find his missing soulmate, the maid of a famous Russian dancer. The investigation takes him to the Swiss Alps, where, against all odds, he stumbles upon a hotel thought to be Marrascaud's hideout - leading to a very personal showdown.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 162 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S9E3

#5 - Death on the Nile

8.26

Season 9 - Episode 3

While on their honeymoon in Egypt, newlyweds Simon Doyle and Linnet Ridgeway are constantly harassed by Simon's ex-fiancée Jacqueline de Bellefort who feels her ex-best friend has stolen the love of her life. A holidaying Hercule Poirot counsels Jacqueline to put an end to her antics, fearing that all of this can only end in tragedy. When one of the passengers is killed while on a cruise down the Nile, Poirot must sift through an odd assortment of passengers, all of whom may have something to hide. There is Linnet's financial advisor from the US, her French maid who clearly has something to hide, the Austrian doctor who keeps mostly to himself and the left leaning philosopher who despises the rich.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 161 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S9E1
#6 - Five Little Pigs
8.25
Season 9 - Episode 1

Sixteen years earlier, Caroline Crale was charged with killing her husband, Amyas Crale, and no one doubted her guilt. The case was closed after she was duly tried, convicted and hanged. But then, in the present day, their daughter Lucy Crale returns from Canada after reading a letter written by Caroline before her death, in which she claims to be innocent. Anxious to know the truth, Lucy hires Poirot to solve the murder of her father sixteen years before. Poirot visits the five people present on the fateful day, all of whom may be possible suspects. The late Amyas was well known for having affairs with his models. Does Elsa Greer, his lover at the time of his death, hold the key to unravelling the case?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 157 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S9E2
#7 - Sad Cypress
8.17
Season 9 - Episode 2

Young Elinor Carlisle, engaged to marry the dashing Roddy Winter, finds herself charged with the fatal poisoning of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. Poirot has the job of saving Elinor's skin, but unfortunately, the evidence against her is overwhelming. If Elinor has been framed, someone has been fiendishly clever.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 148 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S10E2
#8 - Cards on the Table
8.16
Season 10 - Episode 2

Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are 8 guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 142 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S13E2
#9 - The Big Four
8.16
Season 13 - Episode 2

As a deadly game of chess unfolds in the wake of World War II, Russian grandmaster Dr Ivan Savaranoff meets a shocking end, sending the public spiraling into panic, as suspicion is cast upon Peace Party stalwarts Abe Ryland and Madame Olivier. In one of his toughest challenges yet, Poirot must work out who the villains are from the good people, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns by a gang of dangerous dissidents tagged "The Big Four." As the murders and disappearances stack up one by one, Poirot is joined in his investigations by his old friend Japp, the dogged journalist Tysoe, and struggling actress Flossie Monro, in an attempt to snare the killer and shatter "The Big Four" for good.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 180 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S10E1
#10 - The Mystery of the Blue Train
8.09
Season 10 - Episode 1

After traveling on the Blue Train from Calais to Nice, Hercule Poirot is pressed into service to help solve the murder of heiress Ruth Kettering who is found savagely beaten in her compartment. She was the daughter of wealthy industrialist Rufus Van Alden and very much wanted a divorce. Both her husband and her lover were on the train but she had changed rooms with another passenger, Katherine Grey, so the question naturally arises as to whether she was the intended victim. Grey may also have had enemies as she had recently inherited a very large sum of money and greedy relatives had suddenly taken a interest in her. When an attempt is subsequently made on Grey's life, this appears to the case but Poirot methodically sifts through all of the clues to determine the motive and identify the killer.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 155 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021

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One of the best ever!

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There is impossible to envision anyone else than David Suchet as Poirot after seeing this show and especially after following him in the role for 25 years. He did it all: the novels, short stories and took everything from the written form and made it into his character. Excellent costumes, atmosphere and the title sequence from the first seasons was so good it is sad they dropped it for the films later. Every episode (especially in the later seasons) is a mini-film on it's own. The relationship between Poirot and his three friends, Hastings, Miss Lemon and Chief Inspector Japp is fun to behold. Some obvious changes from the stories where even the killer is different will anger the purists but I felt not that bad about it actually. I'm not a fan of the Adriane Oliver character that is introduced in some of the last films though as she is annoying and so full of herself (even if she is meant to be a self-parody of Agatha Christie). Still, this is the classic crime series that any other crime show has to be compared to. Absolutely fantastic.

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My favorite show! David is by far the best Poirot.

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Watching this from the beginning as I had only seen bits and pieces over the years as a kid back in the 90s. This is phenomenally well done, with care and thought put into every scene, location, wardrobe, and so on. Just brilliant really, I hope this holds up all the way through season 13

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