Appointment with Death
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989-2013)
"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it."
Appointment with Death
Season 11, Episode 4Poirot 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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The Acting Edition of Appointment With Death. An assorted group of travelers are staying at a Jerusalem hotel: Lady Westholme and her companion, a young English doctor and her French colleague, a debonair American and a pugnacious Lancashireman. Another guest, Mrs. Boynton, is a domineering American invalid with four stepchildren whose facade of devotion masks enough hatred to murder her as could the doctor whose affection for Raymond Boynton is being obstructed by the old lady.
When Mrs. Boynton is found dead, all are suspects even though she was ill enough to die a natural death. Just when the tension becomes unbearable, the doctor discovers essential evidence about Mrs. Boynton's devilish plan to possess and torment the children in death as in life.
Appointment With Death opened in the West End on March 31, 1945 at the Piccadilly Theatre. It was directed by Terence de Marney.
Agatha Christie's Poirot Series 1 on Blu-ray
Now remastered & in original U.K. broadcast order
As seen on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery!
Agatha Christie's brilliant Belgian detective is on the case in the first series of the hit PBS mystery. Fan favorite David Suchet stars as the dapper sleuth who solves the thorniest of cases with his formidable intellect. Set in glittering 1930s Europe, these remastered adaptations capture every splendid detail of the Art Deco era. Also starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe) as the affable Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson (Robin of Sherwood) as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon.
THE MYSTERIES (original U.K. broadcast order) The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, Murder in the Mews, The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, The Third Floor Flat, Triangle at Rhodes, Problem at Sea, The Incredible Theft, The King of Clubs, The Dream.
10 mysteries on 3 discs; approx. 501 min.; 4:3 full screen; color; British mystery; not rated; SDH subtitles Mysteries previously released on DVD.
Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her.
With only twenty-four hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he’d overheard back in Jerusalem: “You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he’d ever met. . .
This exclusive set has been repackaged into this Casebook collection which is not available in the shops.
Poirot stars David Suchet as the enigmatic, eccentric and extremely intelligent Belgian detective who pits his wits and little grey cells against first class deceptions and murderers. Poirot is aided in his tasks by Miss Lemon and Hastings his reliable side kick.
This collection includes 28 DVDs, 61 episodes from the first 11 series