Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Collector’s Set Volume 11

July 23, 2013 - Comment

No detail is too small, no crook too clever to escape the keen eye and razor-sharp intellect of Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth. As played by DAVID SUCHET in this British television production, Poirot became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and an A&E favorite. These three stories feature Poirot on

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No detail is too small, no crook too clever to escape the keen eye and razor-sharp intellect of Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth. As played by DAVID SUCHET in this British television production, Poirot became the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and an A&E favorite. These three stories feature Poirot on the case at home in London and in two exotic holiday locales. Elegant art deco settings and lush period costumes add to the fun. With Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Poirot’s affable assistant.

Mysteries include:
The Third Floor Flat—Poirot is at loose ends until he finds a mystery to solve very close to home.
Triangle at Rhodes—Alone on a holiday in Greece, Poirot cracks a murder case with the help of two capable Brits.
Problem at Sea—Their Mediterranean holiday is interrupted when Poirot and Hastings are called on to investigate a shipboard murder.Hercule Poirot lives to solve mysteries, and the three episodes included in this boxed set provide him with perplexing cases at home and abroad. “The Third Floor Flat” begins with Poirot suffering from a terrible cold brought on, he believes, by a lack of cases and the subsequent decay of his “little gray cells.” A trip to the theater fails to cheer the sleuth, but when Poirot returns home he finds a murder mystery unfolding on his own doorstep. “Triangle on Rhodes” finds Hercule enjoying the final days of a vacation on the Greek island. When a woman is poisoned in his hotel, only Poirot can untangle the threads of passion and betrayal that will eventually lead him to the murderer. In “Problem at Sea” Poirot and Hastings take a Mediterranean cruise to Egypt, but their trip turns out to be anything but relaxing when a murder takes place. The passenger list is filled with fascinating suspects, and Poirot sets to work to solve the crime.

Unfortunately these 50-minute TV episodes suffer in comparison with the feature-length stories in the series. The supporting characters are frequently weak and the plots underdeveloped–there is simply not enough time to build much suspense. Thankfully David Suchet’s definitive performance as Poirot is as delightfully eccentric as ever, and an abundance of period detail makes for entertaining viewing. –Simon Leake

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F. Behrens "Frank Behrens" says:

11 down, 1 to go Only one to go! This is Set 11 of the Acorn Media “Poirot” 12 box series that will include all the shorter Poirot episodes we enjoyed so much on PBS way back when and later (in much mutilated form) on A&E. Starring the “definitive” Hercule Poirot, David Suchet, this series includes (I believe) all or most of the Poirot short stories penned by Agatha Christie, three to a VHS box, while the longer tales are available on VHS and DVD with running times of about 110…

Sheila "art lover" says:

The English Abroad The “Poirot” Box Set #11 contains “The Third Floor Flat,” “Problem at Sea,” and “Triangle at Rhodes.” The first episode is set largely within Hercule Poirot’s apartment building, Whitehaven Mansions; the other two take place very far from home, in Egypt and in Rhodes, Greece. I didn’t care for “The Third Floor Flat”; its ending was far too predictable. “Triangle at Rhodes” is much more intriguing, a story about a “love triangle” that is not quite what it appears to be. The location shots…

Anonymous says:

Poirot on holiday According to the IMDB these three episodes of Poirot appeared during the show’s first season, in 1989. I knew I had been watching Poirot for some time, but it surprised me to find out just how long. The series doesn’t show any signs of becoming dated. Agatha Christie’s stories were adapted and filmed with care and the recurring players (David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran) are delightful. Naturally, I prefer some episodes over others. Of these three, my favorite is Problem at Sea. Agatha…

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