Agatha Christie's Poirot: Peril at End House
September 1, 2021 2:02 PM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

While Poirot is staying at an exclusive Cornish resort, he meets a beautiful heiress whose life is in danger.

The novel was adapted for television in 1990, as part of the Agatha Christie's Poirot second series; it was the first full-length novel to be adapted. Poirot was portrayed by David Suchet and Nick Buckley by Polly Walker. Overall, the film was faithful to the novel; however, Freddie's husband does not appear in the film nor does he shoot at Nick during the denouement, Challenger is arrested rather than being allowed to flee, and the fates of Freddie and Jim remain unresolved. Colonel Weston had been omitted from the adaptation and Miss Lemon added. This episode was filmed in Salcombe, Devon near Agatha Christie's home town of Torquay, rather than on the Cornish Coast where the story is set.
posted by Carillon (3 comments total)
Decent start to the second series. I did find it unclear how she was able to simulate the shooting at herself with the bee trick. Polly Walker was great here though I thought, it took me a long time to recognize her from Patriot Games and Rome I'll admit!
posted by Carillon at 2:04 PM on September 1, 2021

Well, we didn’t actually hear a gunshot, there was a noisy plane conveniently flying past. A pre-made hole in the hat and dropping a bullet nearby, not too difficult since she actually owned the gun. That was the most obvious secret panel in creation however. To claim never to have noticed it and then to leave the murder weapon there, well I guess she didn’t have time to remove it seeings that she left for the hospital soon after.

It’s fun knowing whodunnit in advance to watch machinations of the script. I missed the Australian couple’s connection to the father though? I thought they were just random renters.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 12:27 PM on September 3, 2021

My read on the situation is that they forged the will and the connection to her father assuming she would be dead when it was read out. There wasn't ever a true connection, though I may be mistaken.
posted by Carillon at 6:04 PM on September 3, 2021

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