Agatha Christie's Poirot

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Series 10 - Episode 1 The Mystery of the Blue Train

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Review

Agatha Christie seemed to have a bit of a thing about murders either on trains, or observed from them. Sadly, The Mystery of the Blue Train is no Murder on the Orient Express or 4.50 from Paddington. This 2006 dramatisation is still a good yarn, though, typically sharp and glossy.

Poirot (David Suchet) boards Le Train Bleu bound for the French Riviera in the company of a young lady (Georgina Rylance). Now, don’t get the wrong idea; there’s no funny business. She’s merely a rather shy and awkward young heiress to whom he’s taken a shine. (Actually, she’s an ingenue of the most astonishing drippiness, but Poirot doesn’t seem to notice.)

The train’s packed with the very rich – playboys, gamblers, wealthy young women – and is thus a hotbed of intrigue, villainy and deceit. When a body is discovered in an adjoining sleeping compartment, the great man and his little grey cells are quickly on the case.

Summary

The sleuth finds himself in interesting company as English socialites and American millionaires rub shoulders on board a train bound for the French Riviera. Passengers include oil magnate Rufus Van Aldin (Elliott Gould) and his daughter Ruth (Jaime Murray) - to whom he has given a magnificent ruby known as the Heart of Fire. With members of the aristocracy crammed into a confined space with their husbands, lovers and a renowned gemstone, murder cannot be far away. With Lindsay Duncan, Roger Lloyd Pack and James D'Arcy.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot David Suchet
Derek Kettering James D'Arcy
Lenox Tamplin Alice Eve
Maj Richard Knighton Nicholas Farrell
Ada Mason Bronagh Gallagher
Corky Tamplin Tom Harper
Rufus Van Aldin Elliott Gould
Sister Rosalia Helen Lindsay
Lady Tamplin Lindsay Duncan
La Roche Oliver Milburn
Ruth Kettering Jaime Murray
Insp Caux Roger Lloyd Pack
Katherine Grey Georgina Rylance
Mirelle Milesi Josette Simon
Dolores Etela Pardo
Lady at ball Jane How
Steward Samuel James
Director Hettie Macdonald
Executive Producer Michele Buck
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Producer Trevor Hopkins
Writer Guy Andrews
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