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Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 12 Episode 3

Murder on the Orient Express

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 25, 2010 on ITV
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Murder on the Orient Express
While travelling from Istanbul to London on the Orient Express, Poirot is approached by the shady American traveller Samuel Ratchett, who wants to hire him as a protector. Ratchett is soon found dead, with multiple stab wounds.

With the train trapped in a deep snow drift, the immediate evidence points to a killer who boarded and left the train, but Poirot finds a bewildering mass of clues and suspects, including a Russian princess, a German maid, a Hungarian diplomat and his wife, and a Swedish missionary. Ratchett proves to have been a mobster responsible for the kidnapping and murder of an American child. In the end, Poirot turns his back on the rule of law in favour of natural justice.

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  • Simply WOW

    Last night I saw Poirot Murder on the Orient Express and all I can say is WOW

    It is the best adaptation and the ending was powerful. Once again David Suchet delivers, he is Poirot
Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

Hector MacQueen

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Elena Satine

Elena Satine

Countess Andrenyi

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Serge Hazanavicius

Serge Hazanavicius

Xavier Bouc

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    • The novel was adapted into a 1974 movie, which is considered one of the most successful cinematic adaptations of Christie's work ever. The film starred Albert Finney as Poirot and an all-star cast of suspects including Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Ingrid Bergman, who won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Greta Ohlsson. Another version was made for television in 2001, with Alfred Molina as Poirot. This version updates the setting of the novel to the twenty-first century.

    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's book Murder on the Orient Express (1934).