8.6
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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 Worst Episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E6

#1 - Double Sin

7.31

Season 2 - Episode 6

Poirot tells a surprised Hastings he's decided to retire and suggests they take a holiday in the Lake District. On the way, Hastings befriends a young woman who is missing a collection of valuable miniatures. The case involves a famous writer and a beautiful woman in a sports car, and to the relief of Hastings Poirot's thoughts of retirement soon seem far away.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 185 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E9

#2 - The King of Clubs

7.37

Season 1 - Episode 9

Lovely young actress Valerie St Clair, engaged to marry Prince Paul of Maurania, is the only witness to the murder of Henry Reedburn, a shady and overbearing producer. Prince Paul appeals to Poirot to save Valerie from police suspicion, and the great detective finds he has a conundrum to ponder on - 'When is a murder not a murder?'

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 221 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E9

#3 - The Adventure of the Western Star

7.44

Season 2 - Episode 9

Marie Marvelle, a Belgian film star, receives threatening letters from a Chinaman which demand her famous diamond, the Western Star. Marie visits her old friend Hercule Poirot in London, seeking his help, and Poirot tackles the case with relish.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 153 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E2

#4 - The Veiled Lady

7.47

Season 2 - Episode 2

Poirot calls to see the veiled lady of the title (Lady Millicent Castle-Vaughn) at her London hotel. Lady Millicent is about to be married, but a mean blackmailer called Lavington has got hold of a love letter she wrote years before to another man. Lavington wants twenty thousand pounds, and Poirot makes up his mind to recover the letter himself, even if it means impersonating a Swiss locksmith.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 177 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E10

#5 - The Dream

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 10

Millionaire business man Benedict Farley, a well-known eccentric, consults Poirot about the bad dreams he has been having - he has dreamed repeatedly of killing himself. Sadly, he does not follow some good advice Poirot gives him. When Farley is found dead, Poirot fails to believe in suicide and suspects a murder plot relying on hypnosis.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 215 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E4

#6 - Four and Twenty Blackbirds

7.52

Season 1 - Episode 4

At a London restaurant where he often eats, Poirot notices that another regular customer has dramatically changed the food he eats. Meanwhile, as old Anthony Gascoigne lies dying in Brighton, his estranged twin brother, Henry, falls to his death. A tragic accident, or murder? Poirot begins to see connections and decides the answer to the mystery lies in a blackberry pie.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 277 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E6

#7 - The Double Clue

7.54

Season 3 - Episode 6

Japp (who is really worried that failure could cost him his job) seeks Poirot's help in investigating a series of jewel thefts, and two remarkable things happen. Poirot falls in love (with the beautiful and clever Countess Vera Rossakoff) and he also meets a criminal intellect which he finds worthy of him. As the countess is his main suspect, Poirot spends most of his time with her - which for once leaves Hastings and Miss Lemon to do most of the actual detective work. In the end, this case may have to be put down as the one that got away.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 128 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E3

#8 - The Lost Mine

7.54

Season 2 - Episode 3

Hastings and Poirot are playing Monopoly when they are interrupted by Lord Pearson, the elegant Chairman of the London and Shanghai Bank. The banker asks them to investigate the disappearance of a Mr Ling - a highly-valued customer who before he went missing had arranged to sell Lord Pearson a map showing the location of a long-lost silver mine. Ling is found murdered, a young stockbroker is implicated, and Poirot has to untangle a complicated plot.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 187 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E7

#9 - The Mystery of the Spanish Chest

7.55

Season 3 - Episode 7

Poirot is called in to help a woman who lives in fear of her husband, and he is invited to a dinner party which goes horribly wrong.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 144 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E3

#10 - The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly

7.55

Season 1 - Episode 3

Country squire Marcus Waverly calls on Poirot for help in dealing with kidnap threats against his son. Hastings is appalled by the thought of someone going around kidnapping children ("Damn it all - this is England!") and it becomes a race against time to find out who the mystery letter writer is.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 292 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E4
#11 - The Cornish Mystery
7.55
Season 2 - Episode 4

Poirot travels to Cornwall, summoned by a Mrs Pengelley, who suspects her dentist husband is poisoning her because he's fallen in love with his young assistant. Unhappily, Poirot finds Mrs Pengelley dead on his arrival, so he sets out to catch her killer.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 191 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E3
#12 - The Plymouth Express
7.60
Season 3 - Episode 3

An Australian shipping tycoon wants Poirot to check out his daughter's suitors. Then the young lady takes a trip on the Plymouth Express, and Poirot finds himself investigating a jewel theft on the train.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 152 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E6
#13 - Triangle at Rhodes
7.61
Season 1 - Episode 6

Poirot is on holiday at the Palace Hotel, Rhodes, when an Englishwoman, Mrs Valentine Chantry, is poisoned. Is this a simple crime of passion, or is the woman's husband innocent? Poirot unravels several complicated relationships between those staying at the Palace Hotel.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 260 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E10
#14 - The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge
7.62
Season 3 - Episode 10

Hercule Poirot accompanies his friend Captain Hastings on a weekend shooting party at the home of Harrington Pace, but he isn't having a very good time. He comes down with the flu and takes to his bed but when Pace is shot dead in his study, he rises to the occasion to assist Inspector Japp in solving the case.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 129 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E8
#15 - The Kidnapped Prime Minister
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 8

Poirot is called in when the British Prime Minister and his secretary are kidnapped in France on their way to a League of Nations conference - and he is given just a day and a half to solve the case.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 157 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S2E5
#16 - The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
7.63
Season 2 - Episode 5

Matthew Davenheim, a rich banker, disappears on a walk from his country house to the village post office, and Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard is put onto the case. Poirot, who has developed an interest in conjuring tricks, bets Japp five pounds that he can solve the mystery without leaving his apartment.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 172 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E9
#17 - The Affair at the Victory Ball
7.63
Season 3 - Episode 9

Poirot attends the Victory Ball, a costume party where you are expected to dress as someone famous, as himself. However, when two members of a party of six dressed as characters from classical Italian comedy are subsequently found dead, Poirot finds himself working with Chief Inspector Japp to solve the case. The solution to the deaths of Viscount Cronshaw and Coco Courtney is to be found in determining the correct time of death and identifying an impostor at the ball. Poirot takes to the airwaves and reveals the identity of the killer on a live BBC radio broadcast.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 139 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S3E8
#18 - The Theft of the Royal Ruby
7.64
Season 3 - Episode 8

Poirot prepares to spend a quiet Christmas on his own with a box of chocolates, but he has to give up his plans when the British government asks for his urgent help. Prince Farouk, a young member of the Egyptian royal family visiting London, has lost a famous ruby, and this is deemed to be a matter of national security.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 134 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S5E5
#19 - The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
7.65
Season 5 - Episode 5

Hastings's friend Dr Hawker receives worrying news about a patient, Count Foscanti, and the body is found of a man beaten to death. Hastings's Italian roadster and Miss Lemon's new admirer turn out to have connections with each other and with the murdered man, and Poirot finds his investigation leads him into the gangland world of London's Little Italy. The story culminates in a deadly car chase.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 157 votes.

Agatha Christie's Poirot - S1E8
#20 - The Incredible Theft
7.67
Season 1 - Episode 8

Lord Mayfield, an aircraft manufacturer, tries to trap a spy at his country house - but his plan goes terribly wrong. Lady Mayfield sends for Poirot, who tells a few home truths.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot from 227 votes.

Last updated: apr 19, 2021

Comments

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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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