Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 7 Episode 1

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 2000 on ITV

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  • "Murder of Roger Ackroyd" takes place in a little village, where his old friend ends up dead. After then Poirot steps out of his retirement to investigate his death - and its connection to that of Ackroyd's friend, the recently widowed Mrs. Ferrars.

    It is one of the most remarkable novels in all of Christie's collection, not least because of its completely unexpected turntable conclusion. This version moves the story towards the end of Poirot's career to better explain his retirement to King's Abbot, an English village like those that later became so crucial to Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. It is impossible to go into details without giving away who the murderer is. Unfortunately, the restructuring necessary to adapt the story from text to film takes away some of the shock value of Christie's original ending, which caused quite a controversy when the book was first published.