Agatha Christie's Poirot

Curtain: Poirot's Final Case

Series 13 - Episode 5 Curtain: Poirot's Final Case

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Review

Hercule Poirot is old and infirm. Huddled in a wheelchair, a blanket covering his legs, he looks a sad, diminished little figure. But his mind still ticks with inexorable efficiency as he solves his very last mystery and we say au revoir both to him and his corporeal self, David Suchet.

Poirot and his old friend and helpmate Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) meet for the last time at the site of their first mystery, Styles, now a shabby guest house run by a warring couple. The other residents are a glum, troubled bunch (of course) and Poirot is convinced that one of them will be murdered, though he doesn’t know the identity of killer or victim.

It’s a grim, claustrophobic story, but it’s a fitting end for the wily Belgian as we see him at the height of his powers. Curtain is followed by a documentary, Being Poirot, where Suchet explores Agatha Christie’s enduring creation.

Summary

David Suchet takes on his final case as the Belgian sleuth in the last-ever episode of the long-running drama. Crippled with arthritis, Poirot is now using a wheelchair and has a life-threatening heart condition, but remains as sharp as ever. Calling on old friend Captain Hastings for assistance, he returns to Styles, where the pair first met 30 years earlier on a murder investigation. The detective is convinced the country house is once again harbouring a killer, and as guests fall victim to a mysterious attacker, he must summon the last of his strength to battle his ultimate nemesis. With Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid, Philip Glenister, Helen Baxendale, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley and Shaun Dingwall. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot David Suchet
Capt Hastings Hugh Fraser
Elizabeth Cole Helen Baxendale
Dr Franklin Shaun Dingwall
Nurse Craven Claire Keelan
Barbara Franklin Anna Madeley
Stephen Norton Aidan McArdle
Maj Allerton Matthew McNulty
Judith Hastings Alice Orr-Ewing
Daisy Luttrell Anne Reid
Sir William Boyd Carrington Philip Glenister
Col Toby Luttrell John Standing
Curtis Adam Englander
George David Yelland
Coroner Gregory Cox
Adapted By Kevin Elyot
Director Hettie Macdonald
Producer David Boulter
Writer Agatha Christie
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