Masterpiece Mystery! Hercule Poirot XI: The Clocks
Airs Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published June 23, 2011 at 11:23 a.m., updated October 2, 2012 at 3:30 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.
"The Clocks" - A lovely young stenographer, Sheila Webb, is greeted at a job not by her client but by an eerie assembly of clocks all frozen at the precise same moment in time and, behind the couch where she sits waiting, a corpse.
Horrified, she scrambles screaming into the street, straight into the arms of Naval Lieutenant Colin Race. In Race, she finds a protector who takes her story to Hercule Poirot, and together they set about exonerating her, all the while trying to unearth a German mole who masterminded Race's botched spy mission at Dover Castle.
But when a second murder is discovered, the mystery becomes more "dagger" than "cloak" and the evidence mounts against Sheila. Faced with enduring a pint of beer, the rubbing of cats against his legs, and being mistaken for a Frenchman, will Poirot prevail in revealing the killer and the mole?
This program originally aired in 2011.