Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 6 Episode 2

Hickory Dickory Dock

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1995 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • There is a reference in this episode to the famous Jarrow March, when a group of unemployed men marched to London from Jarrow in the North of England. This places the events in the year 1936.

    • This episode has been criticized for turning Agatha Christie's colourful and zany household of students into a duller bunch. In particular, the charming African, Akibombo, and the punctilious Indian, Ram Lal, were left out of the production.

    • David Burke, who appears in Hickory Dickory Dock as the dying Sir Arthur Stanley, is better known as Dr Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes in another Granada Television series - see's guide to Sherlock Holmes (1984) .

  • Quotes

    • Japp: What's that thing in the bathroom, Poirot?
      Poirot: Comment?
      Japp: Like a erm… footbath.
      Poirot: Oh, the bidet.
      Japp: Bidet. It's got a sort of fountain thing in the middle. What's that for?
      Poirot: Ah, it is of no significance.
      Japp (to Miss Lemon): Nearly got a squirt in the eye when I turned it on. (Miss Lemon splutters)

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The title of this episode alludes to an old children's nursery rhyme, which goes like this...

      Hickory, dickory, dock!
      The mouse ran up the clock;
      The clock struck one,
      The mouse ran down,
      Hickory, dickory, dock!

      Several times during the episode, we hear and see a handsome grandfather clock ticking away the time - and twice we also see that the little mouse which is practically a guest star in the episode has climbed up and is sitting on top of the clock.

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