Agatha Christie’s Poirot: discover the locations of the hit detective series

ITV producer David Boulter reveals his favourite settings from episodes of the show

For more than 25 years, we’ve been wistfully whisked away to locations all over Europe, as we’ve watched David Suchet solve crimes as Hercule Poirot. He’s investigated weird goings on in locations ranging from the Hackney Empire and Shirburn Castle to the French Alps. Sadly, the final four episodes start tonight (8pm on ITV) and it will be the very last time Suchet’s moustached detective will crack new cases on screen. Here, series producer David Boulter explains how we can keep the best scenes from these, and other poignant episodes, alive – by visiting them for real…


The Funicular, Saint Hilaire du Touvet, France

Episode: The Labours of Hercules

David Boulter says: “The original, remarkable and still operational funicular, is used to transport Poirot and fellow travellers to the top of the mountain in The Labours of Hercules. In beautiful condition, the restored funicular dates from the early 1920s and the ascent affords breathtaking, if vertiginous, views over Mont Blanc and the valley floor below.”

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Beachy Head and Seaford Head, Eastbourne/ Seaford, East Sussex

Episode: Elephants Can Remember

David Boulter says: “A double murder scene takes place at this iconic stretch of white cliffs, west of Cuckmere Valley in Sussex. It’s a gem of protected coastline and forms part of The South Downs walk.”

Greenway, Devon

Episode: Dead Man’s Folly

David Boulter says: “Agatha Christie set Dead Man’s Folly in her own iconic holiday home. The house itself, the breathtaking river Dart, the steep wooded riverbanks, the quay and ferry crossing, plus the boathouse where the murder occurs, all feature in the episode. We doubled another garden for the fete and doubled the interiors, but the signature outdoor locations are all Greenway. This is the Holy Grail for Christie fans – it is a wonderful place to visit and has access to the house where Agatha Christie wrote, the wonderful gardens down to the river, the boat house, the quay and much, much more – all staffed by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers.”

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Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Episode: The Big Four/ Dead Man’s Folly

David Boulter says: “In the 19th century, Hughenden Manor was the country house of the Prime Minster Benjamin Disraeli. Now owned by the National Trust, this fascinating house and wooded gardens are fully open to the public. We used the house in The Big Four, for the home of Jonathon Whalley, the stable gates as a prison exterior, and some of the woodland doubles for Greenway in Dead Man’s Folly.”

Syon House, Brentford

Episode: Elephants Can Remember

David Boulter says: “The London home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland is a wonderful historical house, with stunning gardens. The John Adam interiors are used for The Big Four chess sequence, the Pavilions form the backdrop for the chauffeur sequences at the start and end of The Labours of Hercules.

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