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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot XI: Hallowe’en Party

Airs Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: David Suchet returns as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in three mysteries based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Belgian detective Hercule Poirot's "little grey cells" are hard at work again in Series XI of Hercule Poirot on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Clues, clocks and cocktails abound in the trio of episodes featured in the 2011 season — "Three Act Tragedy" (repeats June 15, 2014), "The Clocks" (repeats June 22, 2014) and "Hallowe'en Party" (repeats June 8, 2014).

David Suchet revisits his signature role as Agatha Christie's super sleuth who, with an expertly twirled mustache and a theatrical flair, solves murders with penetrating perception and no small amount of self-regard. This adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel also features Martin Shaw as Sir Charles Cartwright and Art Malik ("Upstairs Downstairs") as Sir Bartholomew Strange.

"Hallowe'en Party" - "I saw a murder once...I did! I did!" boasts a clumsy, disliked girl at a Halloween party. For this, she is ridiculed and dismissed. But before the party's end, she is dead, snuffed out in an apple-bobbing tub. Party guest Ariadne Oliver — never again to consume another apple — summons her old friend Hercule Poirot for help and the gallant sleuth is only too happy to oblige. With the dubious help of the grisly old village witch and the wildly speculative mystery writer Oliver, Poirot must investigate old sins and discover the connections between a years-old stabbing, a Russian au pair, and a forgery to unmask a dangerous killer, all before another corpse surfaces.

Adapted by Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK) and based on the novel by Agatha Christie, "Hallowe'en Party" stars David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver, and Deborah Findlay ("Cranford").

This program originally aired in 2011.

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Preview: Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot XI: Hallowe'en Party

Above: In Poirot XI "Hallowe'en Party," Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker, "Harry Potter") returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Hallowe'en Party. As they look further, they uncover a series of mysterious deaths in the village that could be connected. Adapted by Mark Gatiss ("Sherlock").

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Preview: Masterpiece Mystery! Poirot XI: Three Act Tragedy

Above: David Suchet portrays the fastidious detective Hercule Poirot, with Martin Shaw as Sir Charles Cartwright and Art Malik ("Upstairs Downstairs") as Sir Bartholomew Strange, in this adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel.

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Preview: Masterpiece Mystery! Hercule Poirot XI: The Clocks

Above: In Hercule Poirot XI "The Clocks," Poirot (David Suchet) is asked to assist in a murder investigation, but complications in the case, lead the detective to suspect an international political cover-up.