Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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Cards on the Table 

The enigmatic, sinister Mr. Shaitana, one of London's richest men, invites 8 guests, 4 of them possible murderers and 4 'detectives' to his opulent apartment.


Sarah Harding


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Nick Dear (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
James Alper ... Shaitana's Butler
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Mr Luxmore
Cordelia Bugeja ... Mrs Luxmore
Zigi Ellison Zigi Ellison ... Mrs Craddock
Tristan Gemmill ... Major Despard
Alex Jennings ... Dr Roberts
Lucy Liemann ... Miss Burgess
Lesley Manville ... Mrs Lorrimer
Lyndsey Marshal ... Miss Meredith
Jenny Ogilvie ... Millie
Robert Pugh ... Colonel Hughes
Douglas Reith ... Serge Mureau
Alexander Siddig ... Shaitana
Zoë Wanamaker ... Ariadne Oliver


Hercule Poirot finds himself investigating the murder of his dinner host, Mr. Shaitana, who was stabbed in the heart while his guests played bridge. There are eight guests and Poirot finds himself in the company of three other investigators. The foursome interview each of the other guests in turn but make little headway until Poirot manages to reconstruct the various bridge hands played at the suspects' table. In doing so, he is able to identify one particular action that leads him to identify the killer. Written by garykmcd

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English | French

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19 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alexander Siddig who plays the opening character goes by the name, 'Mr. Shaitana'. Ironically, this name means 'the naughty one' or 'the devil' in Hindi. See more »


Shaitana uses what appears to be a gas cigarette lighter. Poirot is set in the 1930s and gas lighters were invented in the 1940s. See more »


Shopgirl who sells hose to Poirot: They're like bleedin' cobwebs.
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4 August 2013 | by pd-wareSee all my reviews

I can understand why Christie fans hate it when they change the books. Some changes are necessary (as with the one mentioned above by another reviewer, who believed that making the character homosexual was necessary as the original motivation was now dated from a modern audience's point of view) but some are anathema to those who are fans of the original. A friend of mine loves the Wolverine Origin movie. I hate it. Not because the writers have changed details, but because they have changed the whole nature of the character and his motivation. It's the equivalent of getting to the end of the Harry Potter series (which she loves) and finding that Harry is really Voldemort's secret love child and at the end Harry marries Hermione. That's not a radical rewrite, that's a whole other story about entirely different people. I never read Christie. I love Poirot (especially the older ones). I'm going to watch this episode tonight. I expect to enjoy it. But I understand why hardcore fans don't. Conclusion? You can please all of the people...never.

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