Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death

Season 11, Episode 4

Poirot encounters an unpleasant matriarch on an excavation in the ruins of Petra. When she is found murdered, there is no shortage of suspects who largely consist of her own family.

Based on Christie’s 1938 novel of the same name, this episode shows some bold departures from the original text and reworked the story significantly for a modern viewer. These changes include the increased use of flashback to indicate childhood trauma and also the introduction of Poirot at the beginning of the story (rather than after the murder has happened). Most significantly the murderer’s motive is changed, as well as their method.

Directed by Ashley Pearce (who also directed Mrs McGinty’s Dead and Three Act Tragedy), the episode was shot on location in Casablanca and El Jadida, Morocco and features beautiful shots of the desert and landscape. Kasbah Boulaouane acts as the excavation site in this episode and the Hotel Constantine is Mahkama du Pacha.

Several guest stars accompany David Suchet in this performance, including Tim Curry, John Hannah and Mark Gatiss, who also wrote the screenplays for Cat Among the Pigeons and The Big Four.


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