Best Agatha Christie's Poirot Episodes

by CountrySideCricket | created - 06 May 2017 | updated - 16 Feb 2018 | Public

This is a list ranking the episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot in order of my personal favourite.

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1. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Elephants Can Remember (2013)

TV-PG | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

Director: John Strickland | Stars: David Suchet, Adrian Lukis, Annabel Mullion, Zoë Wanamaker

Votes: 1,352

2. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Labours of Hercules (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's pursuit of an infamous art thief leads him to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps, where he is met with a plethora of mysteries and the reappearance of a familiar face from the past.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: David Suchet, Patrick Ryecart, Rupert Evans, Lorna Nickson Brown

Votes: 1,275

3. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Death on the Nile (2004)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild

Votes: 2,449

4. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Five Little Pigs (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director: Paul Unwin | Stars: David Suchet, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen, Toby Stephens

Votes: 2,558

5. Agatha Christie's 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: 991

6. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1994)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional but wealthy family summons his adult children for a Christmas reunion, but prior to the holiday his throat is slashed apparently by one of them.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Simon Roberts

Votes: 1,511

7. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Cards on the Table (2005)

TV-PG | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London's richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 'detectives' to his opulent apartment.

Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: David Suchet, James Alper, Philip Bowen, Cordelia Bugeja

Votes: 1,470

8. Agatha Christie's 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: 874

9. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Suchet, Helen Baxendale, Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid

Votes: 1,576

10. Agatha Christie's 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: 681

11. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American businessman stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express when it is blocked by a blizzard in Croatia.

Director: Philip Martin | Stars: David Suchet, Tristan Shepherd, Sam Crane, Toby Jones

Votes: 3,317

12. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Cat Among the Pigeons (2008)

TV-14 | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A foreign revolution, a kidnapped princess, and a trove of priceless rubies are linked to a prestigious girls' school, where staff members are brutally murdered.

Director: James Kent | Stars: David Suchet, Harriet Walter, Raji James, Adam De Ville

Votes: 1,338

13. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Dead Man's Folly (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mrs Oliver is asked to devise a murder hunt for a Devon fête, but her sense of foreboding summons Poirot to the scene. Her fears are realized when the girl playing murder victim winds up truly murdered.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: David Suchet, Sean Pertwee, Chris Gordon, Richard Dixon

Votes: 1,149

14. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Sad Cypress (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt and the beautiful romantic rival who broke up her engagement, but Poirot uncovers darker motives.

Director: David Moore | Stars: David Suchet, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 1,568

15. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Three Act Tragedy (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a vicar chokes to death on a cocktail while attending a party held by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, Poirot initially dismisses the idea of murder but reconsiders when another guest dies in the same manner.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Martin Shaw, Kimberley Nixon, Art Malik

Votes: 1,366

16. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Joe Absolom, Simon Molloy, Richard Hope

Votes: 1,239

17. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The ABC Murders (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Donald Sumpter

Votes: 1,570

18. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Clocks (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Four clocks surround an unidentified corpse in a blind woman's house, and a young typist is summoned to the crime scene. However, Poirot is convinced that the complicated setup is merely hiding a simpler solution.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Suchet, Olivia Grant, Anna Skellern, Tom Burke

Votes: 1,342

19. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Big Four (2013)

TV-14 | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Director: Peter Lydon | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, Philip Jackson

Votes: 1,200

20. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005)

TV-PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates the brutal murder of an American heiress and the theft of a fabulous ruby on the Blue Train between Calais and Nice.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Suchet, James D'Arcy, Alice Eve, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 1,616

21. Agatha Christie's 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: 722

22. Agatha Christie's 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: 817

23. Agatha Christie's 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: 801

24. Agatha Christie's 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: 764

25. Agatha Christie's 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: 708

26. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Appointment with Death (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Syria 1937. While accompanying her husband on an archaeological dig, the abusive and overbearing Lady Boynton is found stabbed to death.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Tim Curry, Jawad Elalami, Christina Cole

Votes: 1,549

27. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Links (1996)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in France, a businessman tells Poirot that his life is in danger. The next day he is found stabbed to death on a nearby golf course.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Diane Fletcher, Damien Thomas

Votes: 1,197

28. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder in Mesopotamia (2001)

TV-14 | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot is on holiday in Iraq, the wife of the head scientist at an archaeological dig confides to him that she is the target of threatening letters.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Ron Berglas, Barbara Barnes

Votes: 1,422

29. Agatha Christie's 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: 792

30. Agatha Christie's 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: 772

31. Agatha Christie's 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: 744



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