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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Hercule Poirot XI: Three Act Tragedy

Airs Sunday, June 15, 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.

"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.

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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! 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! 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.