Agatha Christie's Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies
May 11, 2022 8:15 AM - Season 7, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The dapper detective investigates the death of Lord Edgware, husband of a famous actress who was seeking a divorce. The actress and the lord's butler, who disappears with a large sum of money, are only two of the suspects uncovered by Poirot, all with motives but seemingly watertight alibis.
posted by Carillon (2 comments total)
Pretty good overall, the twist of the switch was played pretty well. Similar in some ways to One, Two, Buckle my shoe in the swap.
posted by Carillon at 8:17 AM on May 11, 2022

The twist was really good. I’d already narrowed in on the actress as the perp but figured the time of death had been changed to after the dinner party. This was a much cleverer solution, so many characters, so many motives, such bad acting. I know it’s a highly stylized production but this episode was just too OTT, especially the lead, she was truly terrible. Even Poirot’s outburst at the end seemed perfunctory.

Hastings, now I was actually sad that he’d lost all his money to a shady investor (married? in Brazil again?) and pleased about his reward, I paused the frame, it was 1000 guineas worth about $95,000 today which is a ridiculous sum of money for a reward and yet still not enough to buy a flat in London.

Fenella Woolgar had a brief appearance as a maid. Anachronistic note: the Scottish playwright’s business card had two fonts, Binner is an old font but that lower case alphabet was refined in the early 90s, the address is set in Avant Garde, a very famous font released in 1970. I think they meant to use Futura but anyway, it was kerned waaay too tight for the 1930s era or even for 2000 when this episode was produced. It’s like they used a business card from the 1970s as a reference. /font derail.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 6:27 PM on May 12, 2022 [2 favorites]

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