Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e02 Cat Among the Pigeons (2008, TV) – 6/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Mark Gatiss
Amanda Abbington: Miss Blake
Elizabeth Berrington: Miss Springer
Adam Croasdell: Adam
Pippa Haywood: Mrs Upjohn
Anton Lesser: Inspector Kelsey
Natasha Little: Ann Shapland
Carol MacReady: Miss Johnson
Miranda Raison: Mlle Blanche
Claire Skinner: Miss Rich
Harriet Walter: Miss Bulstrode
Susan Wooldridge: Miss Chadwick
Producer: Karen Thrussell
Director: James Kent

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e02 Cat Among the Pigeons (2008)

Miss Bulstrode, headmistress of top-tier education establishment Meadowbank School for Girls, has better things on her mind than paying complete attention to one of the parents, Mrs Upjohn, telling her that she has just seen someone she could not possibly have seen. But someone was paying attention and violent action will be taken.

6/10

While too much, I feel, of the back story was simply jettisoned, meaning the audience does not know what Poirot knows (or the reader would know), this is a largely well-paced, sometimes dramatic and quite stylish episode. The adaptor, Mark Gatiss, gets Poirot into the story immediately (he only appears in the final third of the book), delivers a highly impressive first body (a fabulously awful if unlikely javelin skewering improvement over the shooting of the book) and reduces one of the murders from the book to a coshing and it is entirely acceptable for that to be the case. The director, James Kent, backs up the murders with generous tension and excitement and splendidly dramatic music making this a good episode, especially when compared with the stodgy Poirot‘s of recent years.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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