Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 1 Episode 6

Triangle at Rhodes

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 1989 on ITV
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Triangle at Rhodes
Poirot is staying at the Palace Hotel on the Aegean island of Rhodes. Among his fellow guests are an English couple, Commander and Mrs Chantry - and Poirot notices the beautiful Mrs Valentine Chantry flirting with other men. And then she is found dead, poisoned, and at once her husband is suspected. Is this a simple crime of passion, or is there some other motive at work? To solve the mystery, Poirot has to unravel a number of tangled relationships between those staying at the Palace Hotel. And he does not have the help of Hastings, who is not on the island.moreless

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  • Not a good episode in my opinion. It's the same love triangle thing all over again.

    This episode really was not the best of Poirot. The characters were somewhat dull and there was nothing new or exciting about this episode.

    The only murder of this episode did not happen until about halfway through. Before that, very little happened and all of the actual investigation was crammed into about 20 minutes (this was enough, though, the amount of investigation done was minimal). The plot was fairly simple even if the conclusion was not exactly as I expected. It was also annoying that Poirot seemed to know everything whilst Miss Lisle just went around running and finding things out. I know that this is what Poirot often does but in this episode this habit of his was emphasized too much.

    One more reason, why I found this episode so unexciting was, that the setting was so conventional: two couples with one beautiful woman and the other man falls in love with her and then the next moment, the woman is killed. This has almost become a cliche. This also caused there to be only three suspects; you cannot get a very exciting or surprising ending out of that.

    Still, I have to give credit to the amazing views of Rhodes. Very beautiful nature indeed.

    There was some humour in this episode too (not only consisting of the men's beachwear), which cannot always be found in the episodes of this series, for example in Poirot's and the local police officer's conversation.moreless
  • Not the greatest

    This is really one of those where Agatha Christie wasn't trying that hard. Because you know there's going to be a twist, you're always looking for it, and it's not that hard to find. Still it's a good enough episode with great locations and the usual fine acting from all concerned (though I though the poisoning was a little overdone - just die love, don't milk it!)

    Poirot was at his most indignant - always a good sign - and his unravelling of the mystery still was worth waiting for, even if you'd worked it out beforehand, largely due to the wonderful performance of David Suchetmoreless
  • Alright, but somewhat dull.

    “Triangle at Rhodes” is alright, but definitely not an episode that I’d pick to represent the series. The mystery isn’t a hard one to solve and there isn’t much to look at, but it is still a bearable show due to the performances (these actors never fail!) and a somewhat entertaining script. It seems to spend too much time building up the story and wraps it up too quickly. In all, it is a rather plain episode, but still interesting enough so you don’t fall asleep. My advice: skip this and see “Murder in the Mews,” instead.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Rhodes, although a Greek island, was under Italian occupation from 1912 until the end of the second world war. Before that, it had been part of the Ottoman Empire from 1522 until 1912, when the Italians helped the Greeks to throw out the Turks.

      This explains why, in this episode, the police are Italian and not Greek.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Italian Police Inspector: You crazy English! If you do not stop trying to kill each other, I shall put you all under arrest. That includes you, Monsieur Poirot.

  • NOTES (1)

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


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