Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
May 4, 2022 9:51 AM - Season 7, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Hercule Poirot's retirement is interrupted when one of his neighbours in the picturesque village of Kings Abbott is found murdered in his study. Teaming up again with Chief Inspector Japp, Poirot scrutinises everyone in the household of wealthy industrialist Roger Ackroyd - from his grasping sister-in-law to his personal secretary.
posted by Carillon (3 comments total)
Talk about unadaptable from the original source material. I think they did a good job of making it work as a mystery, but of course the whole effect is lost. It's not bad, but ironically I think it would be better if it weren't in reflection on the original story.
posted by Carillon at 9:53 AM on May 4, 2022

posted by roger ackroyd at 10:14 AM on May 4, 2022 [4 favorites]

Lol. I fell asleep watching this and just now finished it. This was one of the first Christies that I read and the denouement is unforgettable. This is the only time it’s been attempted on film and I don’t think it was successful. I didn’t like the framing device of Poirot reading the journal because it became his voice saying the snide remarks. The characters of the sister in law, niece, stepson were so underdeveloped that there was never a chance they’d become suspects. Mr Raymond, first seen working at the factory and then dining with the family?? Who was this guy? And how did the doctor get ahold of Ralph’s shoe to fake the footprint??

Favorite bit: at the end, when Poirot walks out of the safe deposit room at the bank, it mimics the opening credits.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 3:01 PM on May 21, 2022

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