Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e03 The Third Girl (2008, TV) –6/10 period crime detective drama review

Cast / crew
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Screenplay Writer: Peter Flannery
Peter Bowles: Sir Roderick Horsfield
Clemency Burton-Hill: Claudia Reece-Holland
Haydn Gwynne: Miss Battersby
Lucy Liemann: Sonia
Tom Mison: David Barker
Caroline O’Neill: Nanny Lavinia Seagram
Jemima Rooper: Norma Restarick
Matilda Sturridge: Frances Cary
Tim Stern: Alf Renny
John Warnaby: Inspector Nelson
James Wilby: Andrew Restarick
David Yelland: George
Zoë Wanamaker: Ariadne Oliver
Producer: Karen Thrussell
Director: Dan Reed

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s11e03 The Third Girl (2008)

Poirot is intrigued by a young woman who arrives on his doorstep and announces that she may have committed a murder. Before he can get the little grey cells up-to-speed, she denounces him as too old and leaves but not without revealing that she had been given Poirot’s name by Ariadne Oliver. The young woman, Norma Restarick, was the third girl in an apartment directly above Ms. Oliver’s but something important is missing: a murdered body.


This is probably the best-told Poirot for years as it keeps the characters and plot firmly in focus throughout and you never lose track of who’s who and what’s what. That said it differs from the novel quite a bit in order to avoid Christie’s central plot point that two characters are, in fact, the same person in different wigs; something that would not work on screen yet usually ignored. Director Dan Reed doesn’t add style or much atmosphere, but nailing the basic element of clearly telling a story is to be highly commended and helps make this mini-series of Poirot rather stronger than it has been for years.

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, Non-sexual nudity, Violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

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


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