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Agatha Christie's Poirot - 'Cards on the Table' (2005)


A drama by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Agatha Christie, and first broadcast on 11 December 2005 (A&E).


Veteran detective Hercule Poirot is invited to an evening of bridge - with a twist.  Alongside fellow sleuths Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race, and crimewriter Ariadne Oliver, Poirot must decide which of the other guests at the mysterious Mr Shaitana's party is a murderer.


David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver

David Westhead ... Superintendent Battle

James Fox ... Colonel Race

Alexander Siddig ... Mr Shaitana

Alex Jennings ... Dr Roberts

Lesley Manville ... Mrs. Lorrimer

Honeysuckle Weeks ... Rhoda Dawes

Lyndsey Marshal ... Anne Meredith

Robert Pugh ... Colonel Hughes

Tristan Gemmil ... Major Despard

Philip Bowen ... Mr. Luxmore

Cordelia Bugeja ... Mrs. Luxmore

Lucy Liemann ... Miss Burgess

Douglas Reith ... Serge Maurice


Director: Sarah Harding
Producer: Trevor Hopkins
Associate Producer: David Suchet
Executive Producers: Michele Buck, Phil Clymer, Delia Fine, and Damien Timmer 
Original Music: Stephen McKeon


Zoë makes her first appearance as Hercule Poirot's friend, Ariadne Oliver, in 'Cards on the Table'.  She returns as the character in 'Mrs McGinty's Dead' (2008), 'Third Girl' (2008), and 'Hallowe'en Party' (2010).


Agatha Christie's Poirot - 'Cards on the Table' Region 1 DVD

Agatha Christie's Poirot - 'Cards on the Table' Region 2 DVD

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christe (edition of the novel published to coincide with the programme's broadcast; includes production photos and behind-the-scenes details)

With thanks to Noah for some of the production details.

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