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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Hercule Poirot XI: The Clocks

Airs Sunday, June 22, 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.

"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.

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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.