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The ABC Murders 

Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writer:

Clive Exton (dramatized by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Donald Sumpter ... Cust
Donald Douglas ... Franklin Clarke
Nicholas Farrell ... Donald Fraser
Pippa Guard ... Megan Barnard
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Mary Drower
Nina Marc ... Thora Grey
David McAlister ... Inspector Glen
Vivienne Burgess Vivienne Burgess ... Lady Clarke
Ann Windsor Ann Windsor ... Miss Merrion
Michael Mellinger ... Franz Ascher
Miranda Forbes Miranda Forbes ... Mrs. Turton
Peter Penry-Jones Peter Penry-Jones ... Superintendent Carter
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Storyline

Hastings returns to Britain after a long absence to find Poirot anxious for a new case which will challenge his gray cells. Poirot quickly gets his wish in the form of taunting letters from a serial killer who has dubbed himself ABC and who leaves an ABC railroad schedule at the scene of each crime. The victims as well as the crime scenes appear to be chosen randomly, but maintain an obsessive adherence to alphabetical order. However, Poirot grows to believe that the killer is not the madman the authorities believe, but a methodical murderer with a very tangible motive. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The screen in the Doncaster cinema shows a train crashing into a ferry and then into the sea. This scene is from the closing minutes of the 1932 movie, "Number 17", directed by Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

Goofs

The second victim worked at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, and her employer is interviewed and reveals that she had worked there for two summers. However this cannot be right as the De La Warr Pavilion only opened in December 1935 and the murders are set in 1936. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: Train now boarding.
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Alternate Versions

Title in most Spanish speaking countries is "El misterio de la guía de ferrocarriles" See more »

Connections

Features Black Limelight (1939) See more »

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A top notch and perfectly thrilling episode
24 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love episodes like Sad Cypress, Five Little Pigs and Peril At End House, but The ABC Murders deserves to be up there with the best of them. It was a near-perfect, top notch and thrilling episode. There are one or two slow moments, and before I realised that there was half an hour left I had the impression as I haven't read the book that I had been told too much, but these are the only problems I had with it. The plot is complicated with plenty of surprises, but is well constructed and well explained. The adaptation looks splendid, not in a sumptuous visual style like say Sad Cypress but in a dark haunting visual style like something like Hickory Dickory Dock. The music is enough to make the hairs stand up on your neck, it certainly did that to mine. The acting from all involved is exceptional, whilst David Suchet gives an impeccable performance as always as Poirot, it is Donald Sumpter who walks away with the acting honours in one of the best supporting performances in the history of the Poirot run. It is considered as one of Suchet's favourite Poirots, and you know what, it is easy to see why. It is superb. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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