Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 11 Episode 4

Appointment with Death

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2009 on ITV
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On holiday in Jerusalem in 1937, Poirot hears about an archaeological expedition to Syria led by the eccentric Lord Boynton and his son Leonard, who believe they are on the track of the head of St John the Baptist. Drawn to visit the dig, Poirot meets Boynton's dominating, fabulously rich, American-born second wife. However, events are overtaken by the discovery of Lady Boynton's dead body and revelations about her fortune.

Poirot is given the task of finding the killer. As ever, he has no shortage of suspects.moreless

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    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book Appointment with Death (1938). In 1945, she adapted her book into a stage play, not only changing the identity of the killer but also removing Poirot entirely.

    • This episode makes some big changes to Christie's original storyline, including moving the action from Petra in Transjordan to Syria, introducing the search for the head of John the Baptist, and substantially varying the cast of characters.

    • The novel was adapted for the big screen in 1988, featuring Peter Ustinov in his last appearance in the role of Hercule Poirot.

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