Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 10 Episode 3

After the Funeral

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 2006 on ITV
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After the Funeral
Richard Abernethie dies suddenly. When his family gathers for the reading of the will, his sister Cora Gallaccio claims Abernethie was murdered, but the rest of the family won't believe it. The next day Cora is herself killed with an axe, and the family solicitor sends for Poirot.moreless

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  • Confused is this Marples or Poirot as i seen it done by both.

    Just watching a black and white Miss Marples with Margaret Rutherford solving the same mystery all be it old it is the same story basically. So which was it Poirot or Marpels. Murder at the Gallop it is called made in 1963. Anyone know I did love the Poirot one and have seen it a few times just love the acting it is superb.
  • If you don't know the story, this episode really pulls it off.

    Sadly, the cast list here give away the twist, so don't look.

    It's another of those Christie stories which you can read with no problem, because the conceit of a disguise can be pulled off. It doesn't always work when you can see, because it depends on being fooled by what your eyes are viewing. This episode, apart from a stonking storyline, actually manages to pull off the twist well.

    It's a good episode - one of the best of the 'new' batch. There are a couple of name changes and stuff that don't really add anything and I'd love to know why they were made. The structure of the story involving Poirot has also changed a bit, but that is obviously for televisual dramatic purposes and makes perfect sense.

    A goodiemoreless
  • Top of the game

    Here Poirot demonstrates exactly why the show is one of the best detective dramas on tv and why Poirot himself is one of the finest sleuths. I had begun to tire of the 2 hour format movies in the Poirot series, but with \"After the Funeral\", my faith was restored. Great guest appearances from William Russel, Geraldine James and Robert Bathurst, a flawless performance from David Suchet, some fantastic twists and turns and tense conclusion add up to one of the best adaptations I\'ve seen in a while.moreless
  • One of the best of the newer Poirot movies, After the Funeral stays close to the book and has an ideal cast.

    After the Funeral is definitely the best of the four new 2005/2006 Poirot movies I have seen. Although it was not one of my favorite of the books, the adaptation was superb in almost every way.

    First of all, the cast is phenomenal. David Suchet is, as always, excellent, and Robert Bathurst's character was extremely likable. But I was even more impressed by the performance of the person who plays the murderer. This actor perfectly captured this person's coldness and insanity just like the way I imagined in the book.

    The production values are also top-notch. The sweeping shots of Enderby Hall are very impressive, as are all the costumes and other aspects of the production. This is superb Poirot and is well worth checking out!

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

George Abernethie

Guest Star

Fiona Glascott

Fiona Glascott


Guest Star

Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst

Gilbert Entwhistle

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Monica Dolan plays Cora Gallaccio and Miss Gilchrist in After the Funeral. She is sometimes credited for the episode (for instance, in the Radio Times in March 2006) as 'Linda Coonam', a made-up name which rearranges the letters in 'Monica Dolan'.

    • Rotherfield Park was used as Enderby Hall.

    • The interiors of Cora and Miss Gilchrist's cottage are the same as those used for Veronica Cray's in another Poirot episode, The Hollow.

    • Two actors from previous episodes return here: John Carson (Richard Abernethie) played Sir George Carrington in The Incredible Theft, while Philip Anthony, a vicar in After the Funeral, played a doctor in The ABC Murders.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Poirot: (to Entwhistle, on a train) My dear friend, I am merely trying to ascertain why it is that I have been kidnapped and find myself hurtling along the English countryside at a speed that is quite alarming!

    • Poirot: The journey of life, it can be hard for those of us who travel alone.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Mrs Lansquenet in the original story is renamed Mrs Gallaccio in this episode. This may be in honour of George Gallaccio, chief producer of another television Agatha Christie series, the BBC's Miss Marple (1984-1992).

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book After the Funeral (1953).

    • After the Funeral was first broadcast on A & E in the U.S. on December 11th, 2005, more than three months before its first U.K. screening on March 26th, 2006.

    • There are a number of name changes from the original book. Susannah Henderson in the film is Susan Banks in the book, George Abernethie in the film is George Crossfield in the book, and Cora Gallaccio in the film is Cora Lansquenet in the book.


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