The Best of Agatha Christie's POIROT (short stories)

by ButtonFilms37 | created - 24 Jun 2018 | updated - 24 Jun 2018 | Public

Having already ranked the feature-length episodes of Poirot, I figured it was time to make a list of my favourite short stories from seasons 1, 2, 3 and 5.

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1. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Chocolate Box (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While in Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded the brilliance of his 'little grey cells.'

Director: Ken Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Rosalie Crutchley, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 894

2. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Dead Man's Mirror (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An obnoxious man who outbid Poirot at an auction for an antique mirror is murdered after seeking Poirot's assistance to look into the dealings of his business associate.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 735

3. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Yellow Iris (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man celebrates the two-year anniversary of his wife's sudden death by cyanide while in Argentina - a death which Poirot himself had witnessed, but could not solve at the time.

Director: Peter Barber-Fleming | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, David Troughton

Votes: 818

4. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is drawn into a case where a man is found dead on the grounds of his estate, apparently frightened to death by the spirits that haunt it.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Ian McCulloch

Votes: 797

5. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Shortly after opening an ancient Egyptian tomb, members of an English-American museum expedition start dropping off like flies. Can it truly be the Pharaoh's curse? Poirot travels to Egypt to unravel the mystery.

Director: Peter Barber-Fleming | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, Rolf Saxon

Votes: 836

6. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Cornish Mystery (1990)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alice Pengelley visits Poirot in London, telling him she thinks she is being poisoned by her husband. When Poirot arrives in Cornwall the next day to investigate Mrs. Pengelley's charges, he is too late, and finds her dead.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 869

7. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is asked to protect a woman from her violent husband, but events take a turn when the husband soon becomes the victim of a gruesome murder.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, John McEnery

Votes: 785

8. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Double Sin (1990)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman is delivering a set of antique Napoleon miniatures to an American collector when they are stolen from her suitcase. Captain Hastings, under Poirot's guidance, sets out to find the thief.

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 865

9. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Wasps' Nest (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot realizes that a murder is being plotted, and with the help of Hastings' latest hobby, he sets out to prevent it.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 830

10. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is taken ill during a weekend shooting party, which ends when the unpopular host is found murdered in his study.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Diana Kent

Votes: 745

11. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Problem at Sea (1989)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's Mediterranean cruise is disrupted when an unlikeable passenger is found murdered in her stateroom.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Melissa Greenwood, Victoria Hasted

Votes: 938

12. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Dream (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A famous pie manufacturer tells Poirot that he has dreamt of his own suicide, then dies under the same circumstances he dreamt about the very next day.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 934

13. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Veiled Lady (1990)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot becomes a criminal himself when he agrees to help a beautiful woman recover a letter written in her youth that is being used to blackmail her.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 889

14. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1990)

TV-14 | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot wagers Chief Inspector Japp that he can solve the mystery of a missing banker without leaving his flat.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 891

15. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Affair at the Victory Ball (1991)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a popular costume party. During the festivities, one of the guests is found stabbed to death, and another succumbs to a drug overdose the next day.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 767

16. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Double Clue (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot helps Chief Inspector Japp try to find a jewel thief, but is sidetracked when a bewitching Russian countess arrives on the scene.

Director: Andrew Piddington | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 781

17. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Theft of the Royal Ruby (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot reluctantly agrees to help an Egyptian prince recover a valuable royal ruby that was brazenly stolen from him during the Christmas holidays.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Frederick Treves, Stephanie Cole, David Howey

Votes: 751

18. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: How Does Your Garden Grow? (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At a flower show, an older woman in a wheelchair approaches Poirot, gives him an empty seed packet, and asks him to visit her the next day. When Poirot arrives the next day, the woman is dead, murdered with poison.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 835

19. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1990)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When U.S. Navy plans for a new submarine are stolen and the thief tracked to London, the FBI sends an agent to work with Inspector Japp to recover them.

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 842

20. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Case of the Missing Will (1993)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A terminally ill man asks Poirot to be executor of his new will but is murdered before he can write it, and it is later discovered the old will has been stolen.

Director: John Bruce | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 727

21. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (1993)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot vacations in Brighton to boost his health, the beautiful pearl necklace of a theatre actress staying at his hotel is mysteriously stolen.

Director: Ken Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 705

22. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Triangle at Rhodes (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An enchanting beauty is fatally poisoned while Poirot holidays on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Frances Low, Jon Cartwright, Annie Lambert

Votes: 1,045

23. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is entrusted with transferring $1 million in Liberty Bonds to America on the Queen Mary, but the bonds are cleverly stolen anyway.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, David Quilter

Votes: 786

24. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Kidnapped Prime Minister (1990)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When the prime minister is kidnapped right before an important international arms summit, Poirot has just 32--and a quarter--hours to find the prime minister.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 814

25. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (1989)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot probes the disappearance of a wealthy woman's cook, and soon uncovers an elaborate plot to hide an ever darker crime.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,322

26. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The King of Clubs (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A deck with a missing card provides Poirot with the clue he needs to solve the murder of the tyrannical head of a movie studio.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Niamh Cusack

Votes: 894

27. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1993)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates the murder of an Italian count who was also the employer of Miss Lemon's new boyfriend. He soon learns that the victim was being targeted by a blackmailer.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 711

28. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Plymouth Express (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mining entrepreneur hires Poirot to solve the brutal murder of his daughter and the theft of her jewels aboard the express train to Plymouth

Director: Andrew Piddington | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 764

29. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder in the Mews (1989)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a woman is found shot in her flat after Bonfire Night, Poirot is enlisted to decipher whether the victim died by her own hand, or by someone else's.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,100

30. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Third Floor Flat (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates a murder that hits close to home after the new occupant of a flat two floors below his is found shot.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,012

31. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Underdog (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates when the cruel CEO of a chemical company is bludgeoned to death in his home after the company's formula for a revolutionary new synthetic rubber is targeted by a thief.

Director: John Bruce | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, Ann Bell

Votes: 695

32. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly (1989)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot tries to prevent the kidnapping of a country squire's son. While his plan fails, all is not what it seems.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,035

33. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Western Star (1990)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After receiving threatening letters, an aristocrat is robbed of her famed diamond in front of Poirot's eyes.

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 771

34. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Incredible Theft (1989)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy industrialist's plan to snare a Nazi sympathizer goes awry when the secret plans for a new fighter plane inexplicably go missing.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 894

35. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Lost Mine (1990)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a Chinese businessman with a map to a long lost silver mine is found dead in Chinatown, Poirot must find the map and killer.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 830

36. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a reclusive painter is found dead, Poirot finds the vital clue in the dead man's last meal.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 975



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