Poirot, Agatha Christie’s 2.08 Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The (1990)
During typical social chit-chat, Hastings and Poirot learn that plesaant young couple Stella and James Robinson have just starting renting an extraordinarily cheap sublet flat. The slightly odd thing was that the prospective tenant prior to them was rudely turned away at the door but the Robinsons were warmly welcomed with open arms. Hastings thinks that they will be the victims of a dodgy contract but Poirot decides that this little mystery is worthy of his little grey cells.
Entertaining Poirot with a simple but ingenious plot paradigm. The national stereotypes are all present and correct with “brash” Americans and comically-dressed Italian assassins but it’s not terribly offensive and William Hootkins’ FBI agent does get a surprisingly gracious final scene. David Suchet is outstanding with Russell Murray and Clive Exton’s fun and human characterisation of Poirot and Hugh Fraser is, again, perfect as the loyal Hastings. Nice to see Miss Lemon get to do something outside of her typewriter.
This Poirot, Agatha Christie’s episode contains gun violence, mild unpleasant scenes.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.