Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e01 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994) – 6/10 period crime detective murder mystery TV review

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Cast / crew
Hercule Poirot: David Suchet
Chief Inspector Japp: Philip Jackson
Writer (Original Novel): Agatha Christie
Writer (Dramatisation): Clive Exton
Vernon Dobtcheff: Simeon Lee

Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e01 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994)

“For Poirot it will be a quiet Christmas.” Poirot’s powers of prophecy are not as finely tuned as his powers of deduction as he finds himself – thanks to a heating malfunction in his own apartment – staying at the home of the odious Simeon Lee who believes that his life is in danger. Sure enough, Lee is brutally murdered soon thereafter.

6/10

While the mechanics of the locked-room murder are agreeably ingenious, Clive Exton fails to bring much of his usual humour and humanity to the script and doesn’t disguise the fact that Poirot couldn’t possibly know what he knows at the end (he could know the murderer and the method but not the murderer’s mother or where she was staying). Exton also fails to successfully present any of the suspects as genuinely having the means, motive and opportunity to commit the crime. A bit weak, then, but still watchable thanks to David Suchet’s Poirot and Philip Jackson’s Japp who hadn’t yet lost their humanity and friendship in their performances ("Ah, Chief Inspector! You have been thinking again; I have warned you of this before.").

This Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode contains bad language, blade violence, inferred strong violence, unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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One thought on “Agatha Christie’s Poirot s06e01 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994) – 6/10 period crime detective murder mystery TV review

  1. The problem with this production is that it started with a prologue set in South Africa. In doing so, Clive Exton managed to give away the origin of this story and reduce the number of any real suspects.

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