Murder in Mesopotamia

Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989-2013)

"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it."

Hercule Poirot

Murder in Mesopotamia

Season 8, Episode 1

The episode was adapted by Clive Exton – a veteran Agatha Christie screenplay writer, who also wrote the first episode The Adventure of the Clapham Cook. Poirot and Hastings venture to Mesopotamia, on the request of a certain Countess Vera Rossakoff, a rare love interest for Poirot. When they arrive a separate mystery presents itself and it’s not long before a murder occurs. Poirot, as ever, is out of his element when investigating in an exotic location, but soon adapts.

Set on an archaeological site, the scenes of the dig were filmed in an existing excavation site in Tunisia. This is one of several examples of the Poirot series filming outside of the UK. The site, Oudhna, is filmed to resemble Iraq, where Agatha Christie herself participated in archaeological work and where she met her second husband, Max Mallowan.

In fact, many of the characters in Murder in Mesopotamia were inspired by Agatha Christie’s colleagues on the dig at Nimrud, not least the murder victim.

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