Storyline: Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are invited to visit a friend in the country, only to find mystery galore. Poirot is stung by a wasp, but can he stop anything more deadly from happening? Captain Hastings lends a hand with his film darkroom, his latest hobby. Chief Inspector Japp is hospitalized with appendicitis. This one has a sad ending, with a different twist than most Poirot mysteries.
Poirot shows his squeamishness in this episode. After Japp's appendectomy, Poirot and Hastings visit him in the hospital. Japp says he wondered if the anesthesia was properly administered, because he thought he could feel every incision and move of the doctor. At which point, Poirot quickly gets up and says that he and Hastings must leave.
Director: Brian Farnham Writer: Agatha Christie, David Renwick (dramatized by) Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
Accompanying Inspector Japp to Brussels, who is receiving an award from the Belgian government, Hercule Poirot tells him a case from 20 years before. Poirot was a young policeman at the time and at the request of Virginie Mesnard, agrees to investigate the death of rising young politician, Paul Deroulard. The courts had already ruled that he had died of a heart attack, but she believes he was murdered. Poirot believed Deroulard had been poisoned, likely from a box of chocolates he had been given by an aristocrat, Xavier St. Alard. In the end, Poirot identified the killer, even obtaining a confession, but chose not to make it public, for reasons that he explains to his colleagues.
Director: Ken Grieve
Writer: Agatha Christie, Douglas Watkinson (dramatisation)
Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Rosalie Crutchley
Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.
Director: Andrew Grieve
Writer:Agatha Christie, Clive Exton (dramatized by)
Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
Tommy Mayfield is a British industrialist who has developed a new fighter plane. Up to now he has paid all development costs himself and he very much wants the government to contribute. It is reluctant to do so because of an apparent indiscretion some years before when Mayfield was supposed to have sold heavy artillery to the Japanese. In order to get back into the government's good books, he decides to lay a trap for Mrs. Vanderlyn, a known Nazi sympathizer and possible spy. The bait is the plans for the new fighter but Mayfield's wife is so concerned that she asks Hercule Poirot to spend the weekend at their house to make sure Vanderlyn doesn't get away with anything.
Director: Edward Bennett
Writers: Agatha Christie, David Reid (dramatized by), Clive Exton (dramatized by)
Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
Hercule Poirot is puzzled when Benedict Farley summons him to a late night meeting. Farley is known as the king of pies as his company manufactures a well-known brand of meat pies. At their meeting, he tells Poirot of a recurring dream where he takes a gun from his desk drawer, walks to his office window and commits suicide. His only question for Poirot is whether someone could be manipulating him psychologically. When Farley is found dead the next day - in circumstances that appear to match those in his dream - Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves assisting Inspector Japp in a case that involves false identities and an affair. It is Miss Lemon, however, who provides Poirot with the vital information that allows him to solve the case
A wealthy banker, Mathew Davenheim, disappears. He was last seen by his wife, leaving the grounds of his home. Suspicion falls on the head of Mr Davenheim's long-time business rival Gerald Lowen. Chief Inspector Japp gets Poirot involved in the case. However, due to some intellectual bravado by Poirot, he and Japp have a wager that Poirot can't solve the case without leaving his flat, resulting in Poirot being confined to his flat for seven days. This leaves Hastings to gather the clues, and we know how good a sleuth he is... Meanwhile, in between trying to solve the case, Poirot is working on conjuring tricks and looking after a friend's parrot.
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Private Nursing Agency sent a nurse Anne Harrison to a house of a famous writer Kitty Blakemore. Nobody seriously considered that she is ill, the woman had a reputation like hypochondriac. The nurse Anne notices after arriving at the house, that people surrounded Mrs Blackmore don't like her at all, because woman has a terrible temper. Mrs Blackmore doesn't have strong feelings for them either. Only person, who she loves from all her heart is her nephew, he is a local vicar. The Reverend John Palmer visits his aunt very often and always brings her a chocolate. Mrs Blakemore is sure, that somebody is poisoning her and tells about it to her new nurse. But nobody believes her and in vain. One morning they finds her dead.
Author. Sue Arengo