Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Three Act Tragedy 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 19 June 2011
When a vicar chokes to death on a cocktail while attending a party held by actor Sir Charles Cartwright, Poirot initially dismisses the idea of murder but reconsiders when another guest dies in the same manner.


Ashley Pearce


Agatha Christie (novel), Nick Dear (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Martin Shaw ... Sir Charles Cartwright
Kimberley Nixon ... Egg
Art Malik ... Sir Bartholomew Strange
Suzanne Bertish ... Miss Milray
Anastasia Hille ... Cynthia Dacres
Ronan Vibert ... Captain Dacres
Kate Ashfield ... Miss Wills
Jane Asher ... Lady Mary
Anna Carteret ... Mrs Babbington
Nigel Pegram ... Reverend Babbington
Tom Wisdom ... Oliver Manders
Michael Hobbs ... Coroner
Jodie McNee Jodie McNee ... Annie
James Hurran James Hurran ... French Boy


The inoffensive Reverend Babbington chokes to death at a cocktail party he is attending with his wife at the home of famous actor Sir Charles Cartwright. Some time later Sir Bartholomew Strange, an eminent doctor and friend of Cartwright, also dies of poisoning at a dinner party he is giving miles away. There appears to be no link between the two deaths but Poirot, assisted by Cartwright, offers to help Superintendent Crossfield in the investigation and discovers that a mysterious butler with a birthmark on his wrist was hired for the night and appeared to share a joke with the dead doctor. This man has now vanished and would seem to the killer. A third death, that of a sanatorium patient who has written to Poirot, would appear to link to the doctor's murder and there is certainly a secret which somebody will go to any lengths to conceal - but who would gain from the death of a harmless old vicar? Written by don @ minifie-1

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English | French

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19 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Cartwright's sitting room in Cornwall is actually Rolf Engstromer's entrance hall at Eltham Palace. The same room (and indeed the exterior) stood in for Wode Hall when the same production company made their version of "Death On The Nile" in 2004. See more »


When the vicar's coffin comes out of the ground to be exhumed, earth can be seen clinging to the bottom half of the coffin but not the top signaling it was not completely buried. See more »


[first lines]
Sir Charles Cartwright: Ready about. Go about.
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Alternate Versions

In Spanish speaking countries the title is "Tragedia en tres actos". See more »


References Appointment with Death (2008) See more »


Arabeske Op. 18 in C major
Music by Robert Schumann
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Exceptionally Excellent Episode of Hercule Poirot
2 July 2014 | by marlene_rantzSee all my reviews

You may add me to the list of admirers of this episode of Hercule Poirot. I found it to be an exceptionally excellent episode: plot-wise and acting-wise! David Suchet was exceptionally excellent, but then, David Suchet is always excellent! Even his summation of the crime was exceptionally excellent! The entire supporting cast was excellent, and now I, too, would like to say a good word about Martin Shaw. I agree with every reviewer who applauded his performance. I had never seen him before this episode of Hercule Poirot, but based on his so excellent performance, I would have to say, without a doubt, that he is an excellent actor! I definitely would recommend watching this episode!

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