Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 8 Episode 1

Murder in Mesopotamia

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 02, 2002 on ITV
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Murder in Mesopotamia

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.

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Ron Berglas

Ron Berglas

Dr Leidner

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Dinah Stabb

Dinah Stabb

Anne Johnson

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Georgina Sowerby

Georgina Sowerby

Amy Leatheran

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    • By the time Murder in Mesopotamia was filmed, Poirot was a joint UK-US production, and the story was first broadcast in the US on July 8, 2001. It was first shown on UK television on June 2, 2002.

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book Murder in Mesopotamia (1936).

      Agatha met her second husband, the archaeologist Max Mallowan, while he was digging in Mesopotamia - then part of a British protectorate.

    • David Suchet commented on Murder in Mesopotamia - "It was undoubtedly the most difficult shoot of my entire career because of the extreme heat. The temperature reached 139 degrees, and my costume consists of a three-piece wool suit, leather gloves, a hat, a wing collar, bow tie, and full body padding. I had to drink four litres of water every day because I was sweating so much, but even so I nearly fainted on several occasions."

    • Murder In Mesopotamia was filmed in the summer of 2000 at a big archaeological site in Tunisia, where the Roman city of Oudhna was being excavated. A site in the real Mesopotamia would have been more problematical, as this ancient province is now in the modern country of Iraq.