Agatha Christie's Poirot

Cat Among the Pigeons

Series 11 - Episode 2 Cat Among the Pigeons



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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot David Suchet
Miss Bulstrode Harriet Walter
Prince Ali Raji James
Bob Rawlinson Adam De Ville
Mr Forbes Don Gallagher
Mrs Forbes Georgie Glenn
Patricia Forbes Georgia Cornick
Miss Johnson Carol Macready
Miss Rich Claire Skinner
Miss Chadwick Susan Wooldridge
Ann Shapland Natasha Little
Princess Shaista Amara Karan
Adam Adam Croasdell
Miss Blake Amanda Abbington
Mlle Blanche Miranda Raison
Miss Springer Elizabeth Berrington
Jennifer Sutcliffe Jo Woodcock
Julia Upjohn Lois Edmett
Mrs Upjohn Pippa Haywood
Lady Veronica Jane How
Hsui Tai Katie Leung
Insp Kelsey Anton Lesser
Director James Kent
Executive Producer Michele Buck
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Executive Producer Phil Clymer
Producer Karen Thrussell
Producer David Suchet
Writer Mark Gatiss
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