Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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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.

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David Moore

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), David Pirie (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh ... Elinor Carlisle
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Roddy Winter
Kelly Reilly ... Mary Gerrard
Paul McGann ... Dr. Peter Lord
Phyllis Logan ... Nurse Hopkins
Marion O'Dwyer ... Nurse O'Brien
Diana Quick ... Mrs. Welman
Stuart Laing Stuart Laing ... Ted Horlick
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... Marsden
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Seddon
Alistair Findlay Alistair Findlay ... Prosecuting Counsel
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Mrs. Bishop
Ian Taylor Ian Taylor ... Shopkeeper
Timothy Carlton ... Judge
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Storyline

Elinor Carlisle and Roddy Winter are happily engaged. Elinor's aunt is Laura Welman, wealthy but ailing and bed-ridden. Elinor receives an anonymous letter warning her that someone will try to gain favour with Mrs Welman at her expense. Her aunt's doctor, Dr Peter Lord, contacts Hercule Poirot to investigate. Mrs Welman dies with no will and Elinor, as her next-of-kin, receives everything. Shortly before Mrs Welman's death, Mary Gerrard, an old friend of the family, reappears after a long absence. Roddy falls for her and this ends his engagement to Elinor. Elinor is openly resentful of Mary ending her relationship with Roddy and says she wished Mary was dead. One afternoon, Mary stops by for tea and sandwiches with Elinor and a short while later is found dead, poisoned. After a thorough investigation, which Poirot assisted in, Elinor is charged with and ultimately found guilty of the murders of Mary and Mrs Welman. She is sentenced to hang. Doctor Lord insists that Elinor is innocent ... Written by grantss

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Country:

UK

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

26 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Paul McGann portrays a doctor in this episode. McGann is well known for playing the eighth version of the Doctor in the TV movie Doctor Who (1996) and radio series. Furthermore, his character's name is Dr. Lord, and as the Doctor he is a Time Lord. See more »

Goofs

The paper boy at the newsstand announces "Gershwin dies!" Poirot opens the newspaper, which features the obituary of famed American composer George Gershwin. On the opposite page is the obituary of Laura Welman, and the date on the newspaper states that it is September 1937. George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: I sense, in my heart, the inevitability. And yet, what can I Poirot do, hmm? Nothing.
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Lovely, elegiac Poirot episode
23 January 2010 | by granola357See all my reviews

This is one of Agatha Christie's very finest novels, and the producers have brought it to the screen with sensitivity. Unlike previous episodes, the writers made comparatively minor changes to the plot, mostly for dramatic effect (the only one I didn't like was making Mary Gerrard less of a sympathetic character.) But this is more than made up for by the performances.

Suchet is compelling to watch as usual, but it is Elizabeth Dermot Walsh's performance as Elinor Carlisle that you'll remember. In what must surely be regarded as one of the very best guest-star turns in the entire series, Ms. Dermot Walsh perfectly captures the character of Elinor from the novel, bringing a luminous, quiet and sorrowful beauty to the episode.


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