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Can you believe it is already December? Captain Hastings has opened his adorable doggy advent calendar and the Christmas gifts are wrapped. So how about catching a Christmas episode? One of my all-time favorites holiday murder mysteries is the 1994 “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” that you can catch on Britbox (Amazon Prime Video).
Poirot is invited to spend Christmas at a wealthy man’s country estate where one of the party is murdered and in true Christie fashion all the other house guests have a motive.
The 1994 episode starring David Suchet as Poirot and Philip Jackson (Inspector Japp) does a terrific job of not only highlighting the friendship between Poirot and Japp but also the yuletide festivities with classic Christmas carols. I especially enjoyed meeting Japp’s jolly in-laws ever so briefly as they sang carols around the piano.
Hercule Poirot: Hercule Poirot is a detective not a bodyguard, monsieur.
Hercule Poirot: I’ve come to rescue you, mon ami.
Hercule Poirot: Ah, chief inspector. You have been thinking again. I have warned you of this before.
Dobtcheff in particular is just as you’d imagine from the book – monstrous and grotesque. The ultimate Scrooge.