Agatha Christie’s Poirot s04e03,04 Death in the Clouds (1992) – 6/10 period crime detective murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Writer: Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot: David Suchet
Chief Inspector Japp: Philip Jackson
Writer (Dramatisation): William Humble
Sarah Woodward: Jane Grey
Shaun Scott: Norman Gale
Cathryn Harrison: Lady Horbury
Director: Stephen Whittaker

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s04e0304 Death in the Clouds (1992)

Poirot’s professional pride is somewhat deflated when a murder is committed just a few feet from him. His excuse: he was flying on a plane and he was sleeping. Even when awake, however, his only real clue from the scene seems to be a wasp buzzing around the cabin.

6/10

"Well, well. Seems you can’t even fly on an aeroplane now without someone getting murdered."

This is fine and reasonably crisp for a two-parter but the significance of the wasp is never made clear, the two coffee spoons isn’t revealed until much later than it should and the whole murder mystery aspect feels very thin indeed with almost no gathering of information taking place. Surprising, then, that it holds together as well as it does.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains extreme and extremely graphic murder and dismemberment of a wasp (yay!), poisoning violence

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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