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|Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e01 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (2008)
A life of leisure is not sitting well with Poirot and he is delighted to look into the case of James Bentley, a young man sentenced to execution for the murder-during-theft of Mrs McGinty. The investigating officer felt he had no alternative but to prosecute but has a gut feeling that the young man is innocent and turns to Poirot’s somewhat better-developed gut. Er, instinct.
Given the offensive treatment of the Marple stories by ITV, it comes as a significant relief that Poirot has been left as written by Christie. Pointed jabs at journalism and adaptation writers are, unfortunately, rather more interesting than the mystery in this story but the director makes a good job of delivering a surprisingly stylish episode. However, things aren’t as fun as they should be (something original Poirot dramatiser Clive Exton always understood), the required atmosphere isn’t quite there and the climax isn’t as dramatic as it thinks it is.
This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, adult dialogue, Unpleasant scenes, strangulation violence
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.