Agatha Christie’s Poirot S05E03 Yellow Iris (1993) – 7/10 period murder mystery TV review

Cast / crew
Writer: Agatha Christie
David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser: Captain Hastings
Pauline Moran: Miss Lemon
Writer (Dramatisation): Anthony Horowitz
David Troughton: Barton Russell
Dorian Healy: Anthony Chapell
Geraldine Somerville: Pauline Wetherby
Yolanda Vasquez: Lola
Robin McCaffrey: Iris Russell

Poirot, Agatha Christie’s S05E03 Yellow Iris (1993)

Poirot is perturbed when a restaurant called Le Jardin de Cygnes opens in London on the same day he receives a yellow iris at his apartments. He knows it is a reminder of a two-year-old murder which he could not solve due to circumstances beyond his control but it looks like he may have another chance.


Splendid Poirot with a terrific prologue and epilogue (“the English do not have ‘cuisine,’ they have food”) though the central mystery does seem short on clues and the memorable methodology was also used in the far more widely known SPOILER Sparkling Cyanide (Agatha Christie’s own novelisation of this short story). Still, what I absolutely love about these hour-long episodes is the relationship between Poirot and Hastings. They are so clearly the best of friends, it’s just lovely to see; here Hastings didn’t let Poirot not joining him in Argentina bother him. It’s so rare to see positive relationships in dramatic screen productions and it gave Poirot a uncommon identity and emotional connection that future filmmakers have seemed to overlook.

This Poirot, Agatha Christie’s episode contains mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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