Agatha Christie's Poirot

Series 12 - 1. The Clocks

The Clocks
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

If you’re frantically seeking refuge from the Olympian onslaught, here is your chance to escape to pre-Second World War Dover with David Suchet’s Belgian detective. First shown last Christmas, it starts with a young agency typist (Jaime Winstone) arriving at a private residence for a 3pm appointment with a Miss Pedmarsh (the late Anna Massey). What she finds instead is an unknown dead man and four clocks stopped at exactly 4.13pm.

The plot’s a bit absurd, but the cast is top-notch: Tom Burke, Geoffrey Palmer, Frances Barber and Phil Daniels, who, as Inspector Hardcastle, steals the show with his exasperation at Poirot’s foibles.

About this programme

1/4. The Belgian sleuth is summoned when Colin Race is distracted from an investigation into a spy ring by the discovery of a murder victim surrounded by stopped clocks. The body was found at the home of blind former teacher Millicent Pebmarsh, but when a second death is reported, Poirot realises the man was killed elsewhere and brought to the scene, though the neighbours prove unhelpful eyewitnesses. Mystery, starring David Suchet, Anna Massey, Jaime Winstone, Lesley Sharp, Phil Daniels, Geoffrey Palmer and Tessa Peake-Jones.

Cast and crew


Hercule Poirot
David Suchet
Sheila Webb
Jaime Winstone
Annabel Larkin
Olivia Grant
Miss Martindale
Lesley Sharp
Miss Pebmarsh
Anna Massey
Fiona Hanbury
Anna Skellern
Lt. Colin Race
Tom Burke
Sven Hjerson
Andrew Havill
Mrs Swinburne
Victoria Wicks
Nora Brent
Sinead Keenan
Vice Admiral Hamling
Geoffrey Palmer
Inspector Hardcastle
Phil Daniels
Constable Jenkins
Ben Righton
Valerie Bland
Tessa Peake-Jones
Merlina Rival
Frances Barber
Mrs Hemmings
Beatie Edney
Rachel Waterhouse
Abigail Thaw
Matthew Waterhouse
Guy Henry
Phoebe Strickland
Isabella Parriss
Joe Bland
Jason Watkins
Christopher Mabbutt
Stephen Boxer
Professor Purdy
Andrew Forbes


Charles Palmer
Stewart Harcourt