Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e01 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (2008, TV) – 5/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Nick Dear
Joe Absolom: James Bentley
Raquel Cassidy: Maureen Summerhayes
Richard Dillane: Major Summerhayes
Ruth Gemmell: Miss Weetiman
Richard Hope: Spence
Richard Lintern: Guy Carpenter
Siân Philips: Mrs Upward
Paul Rhys: Robin Upward
Amanda Root: Mrs Rendell
Simon Shepherd: Dr Rendell
Sarah Smart: Maude
Mary Stockley: Eve Carpenter
Zoë Wanamaker: Ariadne Oliver
Producer: Trevor Hopkins
Director: Ashley Pearce

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s