Agatha Christie’s Poirot s02e10 The Adventure of the Western Star (1990) – 7/10 period crime detective TV review

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Cast / crew
Writer: Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot: David Suchet
Captain Hastings: Hugh Fraser
Chief Inspector Japp: Philip Jackson
Miss Lemon: Pauline Moran
Writer (Dramatisation): Clive Exton
Struan Rodger: Henrik Van Braks
Rosalind Bennett: Marie Marvelle
Oliver Cotton: Gregorie Rolf
Caroline Goodall: Lady Yardly
Producer: Brian Eastman
Director: Richard Spence
Executive Producer: Nick Elliott

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s02e10 The Adventure of the Western Star (1990)

Poirot is thilled to be contacted by Belgium actress Marie Marvelle, not letting the fact Hastings had never heard of her dampen his enthusiasm. She asks his advice with regard to some threatening letters about a famous diamond, the Western Star, owned by her and her husband, Gregorie Rolf. Then Poirot receives a visit from Lady Yardly, owner of the diamond’s twin, the Eastern Star. Even though Japp is hovering in the background on an illegal diamond case of his own, Poirot doesn’t seem to be taking things too seriously but then Lady Yardly is attacked and the Eastern Star stolen.

7/10

While not much of a strain for Poirot’s grey cells (indeed, people just turn up at his apartment and tell him what’s going on), this enjoyable episode has some great moments for Hastings ("I didn’t even know they made films in Belgium.", "If only you’d listened to me, Poirot."). While I have commented that Suchet is the perfect Poirot, it should also be stated that Hugh Fraser (who tends to play corrupt sorts in everything else) is also perfect as the eminently agreeable and loyal friend Captain Arthur Hastings.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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