In the post-war climate of the late 1940s, an ailing Poirot reunites with his old friend Captain Hastings at Styles Court, the place where they had solved their first murder together almost thirty years previously. Styles is now a modest guest house run by an elderly couple, and Poirot knows that one of the guests staying there is a heartless serial killer. The suspects range from a chemist and his invalid wife, a dashing but untrustworthy major, a charming aristocrat, a melancholic middle-aged woman, an unobtrusive birdwatcher, and Hastings' own feisty daughter. With Hastings' assistance, an incapacitated Poirot tries to prevent another murder from occurring, knowing that his own end is nearing.moreless
Jane Wilkinson, a famous actress whose married name is Lady Edgware, was in a hurry to trade in her moderately rich husband for an even richer model, so when Lord Edgware is killed, there is an obvious suspect. However, Edgware had just agreed to a divorce - with Poirot acting on his wife's behalf.
Under suspicion, Jane seeks Poirot's help again, having previously wanted his help in ridding her of the same unwanted husband.
So was Lady Edgware the killer, or has she been framed? Her husband also had an unhappy daughter and a nephew who badly needed money.
Poirot soon finds that nothing is at all as it seems in the remarkable world where the theatre collides with high society.
Poirot and Hastings take a holiday in Cornwall, looking for peace and quiet. They meet Miss Nick Buckley, who lives near their hotel at End House, and she tells Poirot she has had three near-fatal accidents in a few weeks. He then finds a bullet hole in her hat, returns with her to End House and is drawn into a complex murder investigation…moreless
Three bodies are found. Beside each lies a copy of the ABC Railway Guide. The police are baffled. But the killer has made one mistake. He has challenged Hercule Poirot to unmask him.
Matthew Davenheim, a rich banker, disappears on a walk from his country house to the village post office, and Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard is put onto the case. Poirot, who has developed an interest in conjuring tricks, bets Japp five pounds that he can solve the mystery without leaving his apartment.
Meanwhile, Poirot has acquired a parrott - which he finds has its uses.
Poirot visits Hastings at an archaeological dig in Mesopotamia (the present-day Iraq), where he meets an impostor, a missing person, a thief, drugs, forged letters, sexual jealousy, professional rivalry, dark secrets and (need we say?) murder. All must be revealed.
Lieutenant Colin Race of the Royal Navy, busy investigating the tragic deaths of his girlfriend and another agent, is walking along Wilbraham Crescent when Sheila Webb runs out of number 19 into his arms, distressed. A middle-aged man is found on the floor of the house, stabbed to death. Poirot travels to Dover to help Race to establish whether Sheila is a murderer. Sheila claims she did not know the victim, nor even Miss Pebmarsh, a blind woman who owns the house. Miss Pebmarsh was not at home when the body was found, and she denies having requested Sheila's services as a secretary by telephone earlier that day.
Poirot observes the complications of the case, including an unidentified murder victim, four clocks stopped at thirteen minutes past four in the room where the body was found, and a host of neighbours who say they saw nothing. Race is determined to find the suspected German mole within the Navy who caused his girlfriend's death, and in a state of grief he becomes increasingly close to Sheila. A wall of evidence begins to build up against Sheila, and then another victim is found brutally murdered.
Poirot and Hastings are on holiday in Deauville and receive a visit from Paul Renauld, who believes he's being cheated by Chileans. Renauld is kidnapped and his body is later found buried in a new golf bunker. French detective Giraud unwisely challenges Poirot to catch the killer before he can. Meanwhile, Hastings is diverted by love - he has fallen heavily for an actress called Dulcie Duveen. Dulcie has a twin sister called Bella. And one of them appears to be mixed up in the killing of Renault.moreless
Poirot is caught up in a coup d'etat in Argentina and arrested as a spy, which hinders him from solving the murder of Iris Russell at a French restaurant owned by an Italian in Buenos Aires.
Two years later, in London, a dinner-party at a restaurant of the same name marks the second anniversary of Iris's death. The atmosphere is so charged that we almost expect the victim to come back from the dead. And, of course, Poirot traps a killer.
Ariadne Oliver is asked to devise a murder hunt for a fête being held at a Devon estate called Nasse House, which is owned by the affable squire Sir George Stubbs and his childlike wife, Hattie. When she realizes that something is not quite right, she calls upon Poirot to observe the situation firsthand. The great detective is unable to pinpoint precisely what is out of the ordinary, although some of the people associated with Nasse House are behaving oddly enough. On the day of the fête, things appear to be going well, until several occurrences end up fulfilling Mrs Oliver's initial premonition of unease: the arrival of Hattie's foreign cousin, whom she claims is a dangerous man; the sudden disappearance of Hattie herself; and the discovery that the young girl playing the victim in the murder hunt has actually been murdered.moreless
While staying at a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps, Poirot is faced with mysteries of Herculean proportions, both literally and figuratively, as he pits his little grey cells against his fellow guests.
Poirot falls asleep on a short aeroplane flight from Paris to London, and one of the other passengers, Madame Giselle, is killed by a poison dart while he sleeps. Poirot finds out that she was a money-lender, which may provide a motive for the killing.
Poirot travels to Cornwall, summoned by a Mrs Pengelley, who suspects her dentist husband is poisoning her because he's fallen in love with his young assistant. Unhappily, on his arrival Poirot finds his client stone dead, so he sets out to catch her killer.
Poirot is ordered by his doctor to spend a few weeks at a health resort in Devon, on the grounds that he is too fat and out of condition, and Hastings comes along for a holiday. In Devon they meet an old acquaintance, the fashion designer Rosamund Darnley. Before too long another guest (the rich, troublesome and flirtatious Arlena Stuart) is found strangled on the beach, and Poirot begins an investigation which proves to be one of the most challenging of his career, with suspects abounding. However, the detective is greatly helped by the parallels between Arlena's murder and the unsolved killing of another rich young woman a few years before.moreless
Mabelle Sainsbury-Seale meets her old friend Alistair Blunt coming out of Dr Morley's dental surgery. And soon afterwards, Dr Morley (Poirot's dentist) is found dead. Japp thinks it was suicide, but Poirot disagrees.
The "dumb witness" Poirot must fathom to solve the mystery is a dog.moreless
Hastings is a guest at the Inglethorp country manor when Emily Inglethorp is murdered. With the whole household under suspicion, Hastings sends for his old friend Hercule Poirot.
After an unpleasant encounter with a wheedling busybody, Ariadne Oliver asks Poirot to delve into the past and solve the riddle of the murder-suicide of the Ravenscrofts, the parents of her goddaughter Celia. Ever since they were found dead, no one has been able to ascertain precisely who killed whom. As Poirot is already preoccupied with the investigation of a psychiatrist's murder, Ariadne sets out herself to question people familiar with the Ravenscrofts in the hopes that they will remember key clues to the solution, for at stake is Celia's future happiness and the memory of a loving couple whose mysterious demise shocked and baffled everyone they knew.moreless
As a deadly game of chess unfolds in the wake of World War II, Russian grandmaster Dr Ivan Savaranoff meets a shocking end, sending the public spiraling into panic, as suspicion is cast upon Peace Party stalwarts Abe Ryland and Madame Olivier. In one of his toughest challenges yet, Poirot must work out who the villains are from the good people, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns by a gang of dangerous dissidents tagged "The Big Four." As the murders and disappearances stack up one by one, Poirot is joined in his investigations by his old friend Japp, the dogged journalist Tysoe, and struggling actress Flossie Monro, in an attempt to snare the killer and shatter "The Big Four" for good.moreless
Being Poirot follows actor David Suchet as he films the final series of Agatha Christie's Poirot after 25 years in the role. Suchet visits Belgium to discover what Belgians think of the character and returns to Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home, where he met the author's family after first winning the role.moreless
Chevenix believes he is being cheated by an architect, John Lake... and Mrs Chevenix claims that her spirit guide, an ancient Egyptian called Saphra, has warned her of an imminent death. There is a disputed will, a second unsigned will, the sound of shots behind locked doors, an apparent suicide which Poirot suspects is murder. Whatever you do, do not go out of the room during Dead Man's Mirror, or you will lose the plot!moreless
Marie Marvelle, a Belgian film star, receives threatening letters from a chinaman which demand her famous diamond, the Western Star. Marie visits her old friend Hercule Poirot in London, seeking his help, and Poirot tackles the case with relish.
ITV3 goes behind the scenes on the tenth series of Agatha Christie's Poirot. Featuring interviews with David Suchet and guest stars such as Elliot Gould and Zoe Wanamaker, this special also see the transformation of Suchet from actor to character in both make up and voice and unlocks the secrets of transforming a railway station near Peterborough into 1930's Nice.moreless