Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 1 Episode 2

Murder in the Mews

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 1989 on ITV
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Murder in the Mews
It occurs to Hastings that with fireworks going off all around London on November 5th (Bonfire Night), no one would take much notice of a shooting. And within hours Poirot finds himself investigating a violent death in Hastings's own mews garage. At first, it seems as if a young lady who was about to marry a self-important member of parliament killed herself - but Poirot is not happy with the suicide theory. So if it was murder, who is the killer?moreless

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  • Our favorite Belgian does it again

    After Bonfire Night, a woman finds her friend dead. They suspect that it was a suicide, but then realize it wasnt, and at the end, they realize that in fact it was a suicide, but the woman who found the body arranged everything to look like a homicide. A bit confusing, isn't it? I didnt really understand the end with the golf clubs, but it was something about them being left or right handed. So yeah, great episode. Poirot was brilliant as always, but my favorite character is still Hastings. He's just funny. Thank God they started airing the show yesterday and they air an episode every weekday so ill get my share of good detectives :)moreless
  • Not only fireworks go bang. So do guns.

    I do like this episode, but it is far from my favourite.

    By the end, you do realise what a good or bad action has been taken, depending on your point of view. But the journey there is a little tortuous.

    It has all the classic Poirot elements - a villain who is beyond contempt, a mystery with no obvious reason and the upper class twits who were everywhere at the time (not that they have disappeared!)

    I was more impressed by the apartment set than the story itself, which must be an indication of my involvement with what I was watching I suppose.

    I have to admit, though I did not work out the denouement and was quite perplexed by the throwing away of golf clubs etc. So it did retain its mystery.

    Just was not great.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the scene where Poirot and Japp are examining the murdered girl's body, there is a close-up on the body. As this happens, you can clearly see one of its fingers move.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Miss Lemon (explaining how she complains to the Chinese laundry about Poirot's collars): I say, "Him collar no velly good starchee." I show him the collars and say it.
      Poirot: Hastings, my friend, you spent some years in China...
      Hastings: Absolutely! Fine fellows, fine fellows.
      Poirot: Did you ever have any trouble with your laundry?
      Hastings: Yes I did, as a matter of fact.
      Poirot: What did you say to them?
      Hastings: Well, I said "Him collar no velly good starchee."
      Miss Lemon: That's where I got it from sir. I knew the Captain had spent some time in the East.
      Poirot: But my collars, they do not get any better!
      Hastings: No, mine didn't either, now I come to think of it!

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's short story Murder in the Mews, which was part of a collection called Dead Man's Mirror (1937), later renamed Murder in the Mews.

      The story was first published in Redbook magazine in September, 1936. In the U.S. a version of it was given the title The Mystery of the Dressing Case.