Masterpiece Mystery! Hercule Poirot XI: Three Act Tragedy
Airs Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:40 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published June 16, 2011 at 2:25 p.m., updated October 2, 2012 at 3:22 p.m.
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" (October 4), "The Clocks" (October 11) and "Hallowe'en Party" (October 18).
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.
"Three Act Tragedy" - When an elderly Cornish vicar suddenly drops dead at a party, everyone looks to fellow guest Hercule Poirot to solve the murder. But the Belgian super-sleuth sees no foul play, correctly predicting that analysis of the clergyman's glass will yield nothing more than the remains of an excellent dry martini.
Before long, however, Poirot is summoned back to England from his boredom among the palms and irksome children of Monte Carlo. Another death among the same revelers has occurred, this time, indisputably, murder.
With the help of two enthusiastic amateurs — his old friend, the retired stage actor Sir Charles Cartwright, and Charles's jaunty love interest, Miss "Egg" Lytton Gore, Poirot questions the dramatis personae, as Sir Charles calls the party guests.
And as Sir Charles embraces his role, donning a pair of patent-leather spats, Poirot works to unravel a perplexing mystery, building a house of cards, tracking a missing butler, and even hosting his own sherry party — "That is a fashionable thing to do, n'est-ce pas?"
This program originally aired in 2011.