Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 7 Episode 1

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 2000 on ITV
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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Poirot has retired to the sleepy English village of King's Abbot to cultivate his garden, but even here murder soon rears its head. Following the apparent suicide of a local widow, rumours run wild to the effect that she had murdered her first husband, that she was having an affair with Roger Ackroyd (a rich business man who lives in the village) and that she was being blackmailed. Poirot remains aloof from all this, but when his neighbour Ackroyd too is killed he is drawn into the hunt for a clever murderer. The suspects include Roger Ackroyd's greedy sister-in-law, his chauffeur, his secretary, and his adopted son, Ralph - who quickly disappears from the scene. When he finds out who the killer is, the whole experience is enough to persuade Poirot to pack up and return to London.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Amazingly, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd led to a motion in the committee of the Detection Club for Agatha Christie to be expelled, as she had supposedly "broken the rules". Only the casting vote of Dorothy L. Sayers, the club's president, defeated the motion.

    • Agatha Christie wrote The Murder of Roger Ackroyd during the winter of 1925-26, based on suggestions by James Watt and Lord Louis Mountbatten. The murderer turns out to be Poirot's assistant, Dr James Sheppard, who is the narrator of the book - a trick which had not been thought of in detective fiction before.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Hercule Poirot: I thought I could escape the wickedness of the city by moving to the country. The fields that are green, the singing of the birds, the faces smiling and friendly. Huh! The fields that are green are the secret burial places of the victims of murders most hideous; the birds sing only briefly before some idiot in tweeds shoots them, and the faces all smiling and friendly: what do they conceal?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The critic Edmund Wilson alludes to this Poirot story in the title of an attack on detective fiction called Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?. But how many people have even heard of it?

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