Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Affair at the Victory Ball 

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a popular costume party. During the festivities, one of the guests is found stabbed to death, and another succumbs to a drug overdose the next day.


Renny Rye


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Mark Crowdy Mark Crowdy ... Viscount Cronshaw
David Henry David Henry ... Eustace Beltaine
Haydn Gwynne ... Coco Courtenay
Nathaniel Parker ... Chris Davidson
Natalie Slater Natalie Slater ... Mrs Davidson
Kate Harper ... Mrs Mallaby
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ... James Ackerley
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ... BBC Announcer
Brian Mitchell Brian Mitchell ... Second Actor
Sarah Crowden ... Receptionist
Bryan Matheson Bryan Matheson ... Butler


Poirot attends the Victory Ball, a costume party where you are expected to dress as someone famous, as himself. However, when two members of a party of six dressed as characters from classical Italian comedy are subsequently found dead, Poirot finds himself working with Chief Inspector Japp to solve the case. The solution to the deaths of Viscount Cronshaw and Coco Courtney is to be found in determining the correct time of death and identifying an impostor at the ball. Poirot takes to the airwaves and reveals the identity of the killer on a live BBC radio broadcast. Written by garykmcd

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3 March 1991 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This story can be found in a couple of collections of short stories written by Agatha Christie; "Poirot's Early Cases" and "The Underdog and Other Stories". See more »


Mrs. Mallaby calls Hastings "Colonel" when thanking him for the dance. See more »


[first lines]
Hercule Poirot: [voiceover] The Harlequinade, ancestor of the English pantomime. Six characters. Garish, grotesque. First brought to life three centuries ago by the clowns and the actors of the Italian fairgrounds. Today, mere costumed characters at a masked ball. Where now their mystery, their magic, their comedy, their tragedy?
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A murderer is unmasked
11 August 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a costume party. (Poirot goes as himself...). During the ball the body of Viscount Cronshaw is found - he has been stabbed to death. That same evening the body of another of the party goers, Coco Courtney, is found in her flat. She died of a cocaine overdose. The next day the newspapers are painting Poirot as a failure, for being at the murder scene but not being able to solve the case. This makes Poirot even more determined to find the killer.

Intriguing murder mystery, with a few good twists and one decent red herring. Quite visually sumptuous as well - the ball scenes are full of great colour and costumes and hark back to a lost era.

Good ending too - the radio broadcast was a nice touch.

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