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
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