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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Hercule Poirot: Season 12

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.
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David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.

Airs Sundays, July 27 & August 3, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

In season 12, David Suchet ("Henry VIII," "The Way We Live Now") returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, "The Big Four" and "Dead Man's Folly," based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he's on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.

Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp, David Suchet as Poirot, and Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings.
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Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp, David Suchet as Poirot, and Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings.
David Suchet as Poirot and Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver.
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David Suchet as Poirot and Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver.

"The Big Four" premieres Sunday, July 27 at 9 p.m. - Adapted by Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK), “The Big Four” plunges Poirot into a world of global espionage, set against the backdrop of the impending WWII. The public is in a panic after the shocking death of a Russian chess grandmaster, and Poirot must navigate international figures and intrigue to identify the culprit, with the help of old friends Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).

"Dead Man's Folly" premieres Sunday, August 3 at 9 p.m. - A wealthy financier and his wife stage a grand party at their new summer home. Poirot is a reluctant guest, urged to attend by his old friend Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker), who suspects the “murder hunt” game she is preparing may turn out to be a real murder.

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