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