Episode 1 The Mystery of the Blue Train

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in December 2005. Poirot investigates the killing of a wealthy American Heiress who is murdered on the famous ‘Blue Train’.

Derek Kettering               James D’Arcy

Lenox                                 Alice Eve

Knighton                           Nicholas Farrell

Ada Mason                      Bronagh Gallagher

Corky                                Tom Harper

Lady at Ball                      Jane How

Steward                            Samuel James

Sister Rosalia                  Helen Lindsay

La Roche                           Oliver Milburn

Ruth Kettering                 Jaime Murray

Inspector Caux                Roger Lloyd Pack

Dolores                             Etela Pardo

Katherine                         Georgina Rylance

Mirelle Milesi                   Josette Simon

Nene Valley Railway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Menton, AlpesMaritimes, France

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’ published in 1928

Poirot references the other most famous train ‘the Orient Express’ lining up the future episode from the ITV feature length productions of the Agatha Christie Poirot novels.

Episode 2 Cards on the Table

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in March 2006. Poirot is invited to join the mysterious Mr Shaitana for dinner only to discover later in the evening that his host has been murdered by one of the fellow guests.

Hercule Poirot                   David Suchet

Shaitana’s Butler              James Alper

Mr Luxmore                       Philip Bowen

Mrs Luxmore                     Cordelia Bugeja

Mrs Craddock                    Zigi Ellison

Major Despard                  Tristan Gemmill

Dr Roberts                          Alex Jennings

Miss Burgess                    Lucy Liemann

Mrs Lorrimer                     Lesley Manville

Miss Meredith                  Lyndsey Marshal

Millie                                  Jenny Ogilvie

Colonel Hughes               Robert Pugh

Serge Mureau                   Douglas Reith

Shaitana                            Alexander Siddig

Ariadne Oliver                   Zoë Wanamaker

Miss Dawes                      Honeysuckle Weeks  

Leighton House, London, England and The Peacock House, Holland Park, London, England both feature as Mr Shaitana’s home


Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Cards on the Table’ published in 1936

Lyndsey Marshal who plays Ann Meredith also went on to play Amy Gibbs in the ITV Marple episode ‘Murder if Easy’ in 2008 as well as Agatha Christie in a later TV adaptation called ‘Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar’ in 2019.

Episode 3 After the Funeral

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in March 2006. Poirot is called in to investigate the grizzly murder of Cora Lansquanet (Galaccio)  who is found killed soon after she announced at her brother’s funeral….”well he was murdered wasn’t he?!”

Hercule Poirot                      David Suchet

Vicar (as Phillip Anthony)   Philip Anthony

Gilbert Entwhistle                Robert Bathurst

Maude Abernethie               Anna Calder-Marshall

Richard Abernethie             John Carson

Inspector Morton                Kevin Doyle

George Abernethie              Michael Fassbender

Rosamund                           Fiona Glascott

Helen Abernethie               Geraldine James

Dr. Larraby                          Dominic Jephcott

Janet                                    Vicky Ogden

Michael Shane                   Julian Ovenden

Susannah Henderson       Lucy Punch

Lanscombe                       William Russell

‘Miss Sorrel’                      Annabel Scholey

Giovanni Gallaccio           Anthony Valentine

Timothy Abernethie         Benjamin Whitrow

Cora Gallaccio / Miss Gilchrist       Monica Dolan

Rotherfield Park in East Tisted, Alton, Hampshire, England is the house setting for Enderby Hall.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Cards on the Table’ published in 1936

Rotherfield Park was also used in the filming of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and Monica Dolan who played Miss Gilchrist also went on to play Janet McIntyre in the 2016 mini series ‘The Witness for the Prosecution’. 

There was also a 1963 adaptation featuring Miss Marple rather then Hercule Poirot under the alternative title of ‘Murder at the Gallop’ starring Margaret Rutherford.

Episode 4 Taken at the Flood

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in April 2006. A young woman is left all her husbands money at the expense of his dependent wider family. When she is prevented from sharing her wealth by her overbearing brother, the family call in Poirot to help prove claims that the widow’s first husband is still alive to invalidate the will.

Hercule Poirot, David Suchet

Adela Marchmont, Jenny Agutter

Rowley Cloade, Patrick Baladi

Rosaleen / Eileen, Eva Birthistle

David Hunter, Elliot Cowan

Lynn Marchmont, Amanda Douge

Frances Cloade, Penny Downie

Pebmarsh, Richard Durden

Beatrice Lippincott, Claire Hackett

Supt. Harold Spence, Richard Hope

‘Aunt’ Kathy Cloade, Celia Imrie

Major James Porter, Nicholas Le Prevost

Dr. Lionel Woodward, Tim Pigott-Smith

Mrs Leadbetter, Elizabeth Spriggs

Jeremy Cloade, Pip Torrens

Enoch Arden / Charles, Tim Woodward

George, David Yelland

‘True’ Rosaleen, Martha Barnett

The George Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire is the location for ‘The Stag Inn’ and Englefield House, Theale, Reading, Berkshire, England is the location for ‘Furrowbank’.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Taken at the Flood’ (also known as ‘There is a Tide’ published in 1948.

Tim Piggot-Smith who plays Dr. Lionel Woodward previously appeared in the Peter Ustinov version of Dead Man’s Folly in 1986 as Sir George Stubbs. 

The title ‘Taken at the flood’ is from Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar when Brutus says “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to Fortune”. 

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