Agatha Christie’s Poirot S05E05 The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1993) – 8/10 period murder mystery TV review
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Poirot is drawn into London’s gangland underworld following the murder of the master of Miss Lemon’s new boyfriend.
This is a very good episode with a story that successfully gives you enough clues to point the finger of suspicion while misdirecting you wonderfully. The solid story is backed up, as is frequently the case in these hour-longs, by some wonderful writing and that lovely chemistry between Poirot and Hastings, especially, but also with Japp and Miss Lemon. Poirot is respectful and cheerful; he happily accompanies Hastings on a car shopping trip and shares his joy just like friends do. Writer Clive Exton really nailed the close friendship of the pair and never forgot the importance of humour. He gave Hastings the outstanding gag above and it’s not the only one. In fact, Hastings is awesome throughout the episode and gets to top it off with a car chase (which is quietly but brilliantly joined by a bus), a "you swine" and a classic punch on the nose.
This Poirot, Agatha Christie’s episode contains gory and unpleasant scene, inferred violence, brief violence.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.
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