Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Clocks 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 26 June 2011
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.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Agatha Christie (novel), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Olivia Grant ... Annabel Larkin
Anna Skellern ... Fiona Hanbury
Tom Burke ... Lt. Colin Race
Andrew Havill ... Sven Hjerson
Victoria Wicks ... Mrs Swinburne
Jaime Winstone ... Sheila Webb
Sinead Keenan ... Nora Brent
Lesley Sharp ... Miss Martindale
Anna Massey ... Miss Pebmarsh
Phil Daniels ... Inspector Hardcastle
Ben Righton Ben Righton ... Constable Jenkins
Beatie Edney ... Mrs Hemmings
Abigail Thaw ... Rachel Waterhouse
Guy Henry ... Matthew Waterhouse


Investigating a spy-ring, Lt. 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 receptionist 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 realize that the man was killed elsewhere and brought to Miss Pebmarsh's house. The neighbors 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 with Poirot's help. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English | German

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26 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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(DVD) | (9 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The character name "Nora Brent" is also used in the Agatha Christie episode Nemesis. See more »


Two of the characters step out of an office to smoke their cigarettes on the pavement outside. This is a very modern phenomenon. Back then, they would simply have smoked in the office. See more »


[first lines]
Fiona Hanbury: Good night, Annie.
Annabel Larkin: Good night, Fee.
Fiona Hanbury: Oh, Annie, are you going down the Bluebell tonight?
Annabel Larkin: No, not tonight. Tired.
Fiona Hanbury: Early night.
Annabel Larkin: Ah, I wish it was early. See you tomorrow.
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Superb adaptation.
30 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I would go so far as to class The Clocks as superb, it's such a wonderfully clever and intricate mystery, loaded with great characters and red herrings, it's bound to have the viewer tied up in knots. It's the closest Poirot gets to investigating espionage, the mystery is first rate, and gives a broad range of opinions from people terrified by the threat of war. The opening is brilliant, it's so dramatic and intriguing, it really does set the tone.

It's a beautifully styled episode, it's so classy looking, the costumes, sets etc, all first rate. There's one scene where Poirot is stood by the coast, with the sea full of ships, I thought that looked fantastic.

Great performances, Anna Massey and Tom Burke both fantastic in particular, Frances Barber also makes a small role into something great, hugely charismatic.

The pacing on this story is excellent, it moves by very quickly, with no dull moments.

I really enjoy reading The Clocks, and think they did a fine job dramatising it, great episode, 9/10

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