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Agatha Christie's Poirot

  • Season 11
  • 4 episodes
  • Drama
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Episode 2: Cat Among the Pigeons

Summary

Schoolgirl Jennifer Sutcliffe becomes embroiled in a mystery when priceless jewels are hidden among her belongings. The precious stones once belonged to a prince who fell foul of a revolution, and now his cousin is a pupil at the same school as Jennifer, where Poirot finds himself drawn into the unlikely situation and realises nothing is quite what it seems. David Suchet stars as the Belgian sleuth, with Harriet Walter and Claire Skinner.
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Review

Something’s not right at the Meadowbank Academy. Said to be the best girls school in England, its wooden corridors echo with intrigue, danger and 30s slang like “noggin” and “topper”. The headmistress (Harriet Walter) has invited a famous detective friend to hover about the place, so luckily Poirot is on hand when there’s an outbreak of javelin-impalement among the teachers.

What follows, in this 2008 repeat, is a beguiling mystery, full of wheels within polished wheels. Walter is wonderful, her feline vowels and rhomboid hairdo sailing over the story, which takes in a Middle-Eastern princess, a figure called “the Angel” and the vital importance, in Poirot’s view, of knees.

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Cast

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Hercule PoirotDavid Suchet
Miss BulstrodeHarriet Walter
Prince AliRaji James
Bob RawlinsonAdam De Ville
Mr ForbesDon Gallagher
Mrs ForbesGeorgie Glenn
Patricia ForbesGeorgia Cornick
Miss JohnsonCarol Macready
Miss RichClaire Skinner
Miss ChadwickSusan Wooldridge
Ann ShaplandNatasha Little
Princess ShaistaAmara Karan
AdamAdam Croasdell
Miss BlakeAmanda Abbington
Mlle BlancheMiranda Raison
Miss SpringerElizabeth Berrington
Jennifer SutcliffeJo Woodcock
Julia UpjohnLois Edmett
Mrs UpjohnPippa Haywood
Lady VeronicaJane How
Hsui TaiKatie Leung
Insp KelseyAnton Lesser

Crew

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DirectorJames Kent
Executive producerMichele Buck
Executive producerDamien Timmer
Executive producerRebecca Eaton
Executive producerPhil Clymer
ProducerKaren Thrussell
ProducerDavid Suchet
WriterMark Gatiss

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  • Episode 2

    Cat Among the Pigeons

    Summary

    Schoolgirl Jennifer Sutcliffe becomes embroiled in a mystery when priceless jewels are hidden among her belongings. The precious stones once belonged to a prince who fell foul of a revolution, and now his cousin is a pupil at the same school as Jennifer, where Poirot finds himself drawn into the unlikely situation and realises nothing is quite what it seems. David Suchet stars as the Belgian sleuth, with Harriet Walter and Claire Skinner.
    Recommended

    Review

    Something’s not right at the Meadowbank Academy. Said to be the best girls school in England, its wooden corridors echo with intrigue, danger and 30s slang like “noggin” and “topper”. The headmistress (Harriet Walter) has invited a famous detective friend to hover about the place, so luckily Poirot is on hand when there’s an outbreak of javelin-impalement among the teachers.

    What follows, in this 2008 repeat, is a beguiling mystery, full of wheels within polished wheels. Walter is wonderful, her feline vowels and rhomboid hairdo sailing over the story, which takes in a Middle-Eastern princess, a figure called “the Angel” and the vital importance, in Poirot’s view, of knees.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Hercule PoirotDavid Suchet
    Miss BulstrodeHarriet Walter
    Prince AliRaji James
    Bob RawlinsonAdam De Ville
    Mr ForbesDon Gallagher
    Mrs ForbesGeorgie Glenn
    Patricia ForbesGeorgia Cornick
    Miss JohnsonCarol Macready
    Miss RichClaire Skinner
    Miss ChadwickSusan Wooldridge
    Ann ShaplandNatasha Little
    Princess ShaistaAmara Karan
    AdamAdam Croasdell
    Miss BlakeAmanda Abbington
    Mlle BlancheMiranda Raison
    Miss SpringerElizabeth Berrington
    Jennifer SutcliffeJo Woodcock
    Julia UpjohnLois Edmett
    Mrs UpjohnPippa Haywood
    Lady VeronicaJane How
    Hsui TaiKatie Leung
    Insp KelseyAnton Lesser

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJames Kent
    Executive producerMichele Buck
    Executive producerDamien Timmer
    Executive producerRebecca Eaton
    Executive producerPhil Clymer
    ProducerKaren Thrussell
    ProducerDavid Suchet
    WriterMark Gatiss

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