Episode 1 Five Little Pigs

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in December 2003. Poirot is asked to investigate the 14 year old murder of Ameas Crale who’s wife was found guilty of his murder. 

Hercule Poirot                 David Suchet

Caroline Crale                  Rachael Stirling

Amyas Crale                     Aidan Gillen

Philip Blake                       Toby Stephens

Meredith Blake                 Marc Warren

Lucy Crale                         Aimee Mullins

Elsa Greer                         Julie Cox

Miss Williams                  Gemma Jones

Angela Warren                 Sophie Winkleman

Young Angela                  Talulah Riley

Depleach                          Patrick Malahide

Mrs. Spriggs                    Annette Badland

Judge                                Roger Brierley

Hollinghurst                     Richard Teverson

Young Lucy                      Melissa Suffield

Young Caroline                Lottie Unwin

Young Amyas                  Darien Smith

Young Philip                    Jacek Bilinski

The beach scenes were filmed at Wonwell Beach, Erme Mouth, Devon, England 

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Five Little Pigs’ also known as ‘Go Back For Murder’ published in 1942

Rachel Stirling who plays Caroline Crale also stars in the 2004 ITV adaptation of ‘Murder at the Vicarage’ in which she plays Griselda Clement. Julie Cox who plays Elsa Grear also featured in the same episode as a younger Miss Marple with Marc Warren (playing Meredith Blake in Five Little Pigs) as Miss Marple’s lost love!


Rachel Stirling is the daughter of Diana Rigg who plays Arlena Marshal in the Peter Ustinov film ‘Evil Under the Sun’.

Episode 2 Sad Cypress

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in December 2003. Poirot seeks to prove the innocence of Elinor Carlisle who has been accused of the murder of the young beautiful Mary Gerrard.

Hercule Poirot, David Suchet

Elinor Carlisle, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh

Roddy Winter, Rupert Penry-Jones

Mary Gerrard, Kelly Reilly

Dr. Peter Lord, Paul McGann

Nurse Hopkins, Phyllis Logan

Nurse O’Brien, Marion O’Dwyer

Mrs. Welman, Diana Quick

Ted Horlick, Stuart Laing

Marsden, Jack Galloway

Seddon, Geoffrey Beevers

Prosecuting Counsel, Alistair Findlay

Mrs. Bishop, Linda Spurrier

Shopkeeper, Ian Taylor

Judge, Timothy Carlton

Hunterbury Maid, Louise Callaghan

Filming actually took place at a Sue Ryder Hospice in Oxfordshire

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Sad Cypress’ also known as ‘Go Back For Murder’ published in 1940.

David Suchet met residents of the hospice where filming took place dressed up as and in the character of Poirot to answer their questions. 

The title comes from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Knight’ where ‘sad cypress’ is referred to as this is what some coffins were made from. ‘In sad cypress let me be laid’. This is the second novel who’s title comes from Shakespear with ‘Taken at the Flood’ being a quote from Julius Cesar. 

Episode 3 Death on the Nile

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in April 2004. Poirot is on holiday in Egypt when he is drawn into the love triangle of Linnet and Simon Doyle and Simon’s former fiance Jacqueline. When Linnet is found murdered all eyes turn to Jackie but when it is proved she couldn’t have done it, only Poirot can find the truth. Starring David Suchet and Emily Blunt as Linnet Ridgeway/ Doyle.

Hercule Poirot, David Suchet

Colonel Race, James Fox

Jacqueline De Bellefort, Emma Griffiths Malin

Simon Doyle, JJ Feild

Linnet Ridgeway, Emily Blunt

Miss Van Schuyler, Judy Parfitt

Cornelia Robson, Daisy Donovan

Mrs Allerton, Barbara Flynn

Tim Allerton, Daniel Lapaine

Andrew Pennington, David Soul

Salome Otterbourne, Frances de la Tour

Rosalie Otterbourne, Zoe Telford

Ferguson, Alastair Mackenzie

Dr Bessner, Steve Pemberton

Cruise Manager (as George Yiasoumi), George Antoni

Joanna Southwood, Elodie Kendall

Louise Bourget (as Felicite Du Jeu), Félicité Du Jeu

Filming mostly took place on location in Egypt. Wode hall is actually Eltham Palace in London. The Luxor Hotel is ‘The Old Winter Palace Hotel’ in Luxor.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘Death on the Nile’ published in 1937.

James Fox who plays Colonel Race is the father of Lawrence Fox who features in The Sittaford Mystery which was adapted for the Marple ITV series. His cousin Emila Fox also played a key character in another Marple episode, ‘The Moving Finger’. 

There is also the famous 1978 film adaptation of ‘Death on the Nile’ staring Peter Ustinov of Hercule Poirot and Mia Farrow as Jacqueline De Bellefort.

Episode 4 The Hollow

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and aired in September 2004. Poirot is in the country staying near the Ankertell family when the murder of John Christow takes place. With the family closing ranks it is up to Poirot to prove he is more intelligent than the killer to bring them to justice. 

Hercule Poirot, David Suchet

John Christow, Jonathan Cake

Henrietta Savernake, Megan Dodds

Lucy Angkatell, Sarah Miles

Gudgeon, Edward Fox

Gerda Christow, Claire Price

Veronica Cray, Lysette Anthony

Inspector Grange, Tom Georgeson

Sir Henry Angkatell, Edward Hardwicke

Midge Hardcastle, Caroline Martin

Edward Angkatell (as Jamie De Courcey), Jamie de Courcey

Victor Simms, Ian Talbot

Frances Simms, Angela Curran

Beryl Collins, Lucy Briers

Sergeant Coombes, Dale Rapley

Elsie Patterson (as Theresa Churcher), Teresa Churcher

Simmons, Harriet Cobbold

Young Officer, Andrew Watson

Mrs. Pearstock, Paula Jacobs

Filmed during the Autumn in the beautiful Hampton Estate, Seale, Farnham, Surrey, England. This really shows of the English countryside at its best.

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie ‘The Hollow’ published in 1946.

Jonathan Cake who plays John Christow is also cast as Mr Easterbrook in the 2010 episode of ‘The Pale Horse’ which was adapted for the ITV Marple series. 

James Fox who plays Colonel Race in Death on the Nile, is the brother of Edward Fox who please Gudgeon. 

Claire Price who plays Gerda is no stranger to UK murder mysteries as she has also appeared in Midsomer Murders, Rosemary & Thyme, Rebus, Dalziel and Pasco