Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Five Little Pigs 

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director:

Paul Unwin

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Rachael Stirling ... Caroline Crale
Aidan Gillen ... Amyas Crale
Toby Stephens ... Philip Blake
Marc Warren ... Meredith Blake
Aimee Mullins ... Lucy Crale
Julie Cox ... Elsa Greer
Gemma Jones ... Miss Williams
Sophie Winkleman ... Angela Warren
Talulah Riley ... Young Angela
Patrick Malahide ... Depleach
Annette Badland ... Mrs. Spriggs
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Judge
Richard Teverson ... Hollinghurst
Melissa Suffield Melissa Suffield ... Young Lucy
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Storyline

Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (11 episodes)

Color:

Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) and Rachael Stirling's (Caroline Crale) respective mothers Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg starred together in another film based on an Agatha Christie novel: Evil Under the Sun (1982). See more »

Goofs

We see young Amyas painting with his left hand. As an adult, he uses his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: The truth, it has the habit of revealing itself...
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Connections

Referenced in Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (2006) See more »

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The Innocence of Caroline Crale
by Christopher Gunning
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Brilliant
27 March 2004 | by daniel_clancy2001See all my reviews

This has to be, without doubt, the best Suchet-Poirot outing so far, except perhaps "Lord Edgware Dies" in 2000. At least Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon haven't been injected clumsily into the story. A few things peeved me: Cara Lemerchant became Lucy Crale, Phillip Blake became a homosexual and Agatha Christie's autograph was all over the screen. Other than those points, the script is extremely close to the source, acting is of surprisingly high quality (We don't expect Marc Warren to be able to act - he normally can't), and Suchet's moustache is - at last! - convincing. Fans won't be disappointed; Despite some toning down of the original story, this production is definitely good viewing.


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