Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 

Poirot comes out of retirement when his industrialist friend is brutally murdered a short while after a local widow who was suspected of killing her husband commits suicide.


Andrew Grieve


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Clive Exton (dramatized by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Oliver Ford Davies ... Dr. Sheppard
Malcolm Terris ... Roger Ackroyd
Selina Cadell ... Caroline Sheppard
Daisy Beaumont Daisy Beaumont ... Ursula Bourne
Flora Montgomery ... Flora Ackroyd
Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke ... Geoffrey Raymond
Jamie Bamber ... Ralph Paton
Roger Frost ... Parker
Vivien Heilbron Vivien Heilbron ... Mrs. Ackroyd
Gregor Truter ... Inspector Davis
Rosalind Bailey Rosalind Bailey ... Mrs. Ferrars
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ... Mrs. Folliott
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Hammond


Living quietly in the small village of King's Abbot, sleuth Hercule Poirot becomes involved in the murder of successful industrialist Roger Ackroyd. The number of potential killers is almost as great as the population of the village itself. As Poirot investigates he sees that there might be a connection to the suicide of a local woman, and the death the previous year of her husband. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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2 January 2000 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The picture in Ackroyd's hallway, of a mother nursing a sick child is the one that provides the vital clue in the episode, Dead Man's Mirror. See more »


Japp makes an offhand remark about contemplating a retirement in France, to which Poirot replies that Japp wouldn't care for the food. However, a few years prior, as witnessed in "Poirot" Series:#4:2:Poirot: Death in the Clouds, Japp commented (while on business in Paris) that he was becoming quite a fan of French cuisine. See more »


Hercule Poirot: A man may labor and toil to attain a certain kind of leisure in retirement. And then find that, after all, he yearns for the old busy days, and the old occupations he had thought himself so glad to leave. I had already begun to miss the daily toil of my previous employment when, tout à coup, I was flung back into the midst of the most perversely fascinating work that there is in the world: the study of human nature. A journal came into my possession, in which a murderer had taken the trouble to...
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Referenced in Murder on the Orient Express (2001) See more »

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Oui, oui! A bad Hercule Poirot episode, mon ami!
1 February 2001 | by El CineSee all my reviews

Too bad. What should have been an intriguing and shocking Christie mystery ended up as a run-of-the-mill, made-for-TV mess --- the worst thing that a Poirot episode can be. The only shocking things about it are how the book was rewritten so much, and how the action unfolded in such a cheesy manner. I understand that some variations may help when trying to translate a novel to the screen, but, really, when three main suspects have been omitted, another perpetually ignored throughout the production, and another killed off during the movie (and NOT during the book!!), something is seriously wrong. Not to mention all of the swearing and gratuitous violence absent from the book and unbecoming of a Poirot film with David Suchet. Did we really need to see Roger Ackroyd gurgling and shaking his jowls for three minutes after getting stabbed in the neck? And what was going on with that climax? Was the director trying to recreate the chemical plant scenes from "Batman"? And there were many more butchered parts, too.

The first step towards making the film more interesting would have been putting the Dr. Sheppard character into more of a "Captain Hastings" role, a sidekick for Poirot, as he was in Christie's book. This would increase his relevance to the story and make the ending more effective. Of course, the whole production would have to be redone from the ground up to make it good. Sadly, Suchet probably won't be involved with such a remake since he has already been used for this misfire. At least he and Phillip Jackson picked up paychecks for their trouble.

Such a disappointment, especially compared to the recent A&E version of "Lord Edgeware Dies", which was nicely done, and also featured Suchet and company.

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