Worst & Best Poirot Episodes/List

About the Series

Genre: UK Detective Series
Series: 13
Episodes: 70
First Transmission: 1989-2013
Channel: ITV

Poirot (also known as Agatha Christie’s Poirot) is a British mystery drama television series that was adapted from a novel or short story by Christie that featured Poirot.

Poirot is both the main detective in charge of the investigation of a crime (usually murder) and the protagonist who is at the centre of most of the episode’s action. In most investigations, he is assisted by the bumbling Captain Hastings and secretary, Miss Lemon. He also rubs shoulders with the policeman, Inspector Japp.

David Suchet: Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser: Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson: Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran: Miss Lemon

Best Episode [ S13 Ep5 ]

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case – The last episode, sees an ailing Poirot return to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there. Poirot is there to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.
25 August 2014

 

Worst Episode [ S1 Ep3 ]

The Adventure of Jonnie Waverly – Poirot tries to prevent the kidnapping of a country squire’s son. His plan fails, but all is not what it seems.
22 January 1989

 

 

 

Full Episode Guide

Key:-
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Season One

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook (1989) –
Poirot probes the disappearance of a wealthy woman’s cook.
Murder in the Mews (1989) –
A woman is found shot in her flat after Bonfire Night. Poirot investigates whether the victim died by her own hand, or by someone else’s.
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly (1989) –
Poirot fails to prevent the kidnapping of a country squire’s son, but all is not what it seems.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1989) –
When a reclusive painter is found dead, Poirot finds the vital clue in the dead man’s last meal.
The Third Floor Flat (1989) –
Poirot investigates when the new occupant of a flat two floors below his own is found shot.
Triangle at Rhodes (1989) –
A beautiful woman is fatally poisoned during Poirot’s holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes.
Problem at Sea (1989) –
Poirot has another murder to solve while on his Mediterranean cruise when an unlikeable passenger is found murdered in her cabin.
The Incredible Theft (1989) –
The secret plans for a new fighter plane inexplicably go missing.
The King of Clubs (1989) –
A missing playing card gives Poirot the clue he needs to solve the murder of the tyrannical head of a movie studio.
The Dream (1989) –
A pie manufacturer tells Poirot that he has dreamt of his own suicide, then dies, in the same manner, he dreamt about the very next day.

Season Two

Peril at End House (1990) –
Poirot meets a beautiful heiress whose life is in danger.
The Veiled Lady (1990) –
Poirot becomes a burglar to help a beautiful woman recover a letter that is being used to blackmail her.
The Lost Mine (1990) –
A Chinese businessman with a map to a long lost silver mine is found dead, and now Poirot must find the map and killer.
The Cornish Mystery (1990) –
Alice Pengelley believes she is being poisoned by her husband. When Poirot visits her in Cornwall the next day, he is too late and finds her dead.
The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1990) –
Poirot wagers Chief Inspector Japp that he can solve the mystery of a missing banker without leaving his flat.
Double Sin (1990) –
Captain Hastings, under Poirot’s guidance, sets out to find the thief of some Napoleon miniatures
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (1990) –
Poirot is drawn to a case involving some stolen secret Government submarine plans.
The Kidnapped  Prime Minister (1990) –
Poirot has just 32 1/4 hours to find the prime minister.
The Adventure of the Western Star (1990) –
When a Belgian film star receives threatening letters demanding her famous diamond, she decides to visit her old friend Poirot.

Season Three

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990) –
Poirot investigates the mysterious poisoning of the mistress of a manor house.
How Does Your Garden Grow? (1991) –
Poirot investigates the poisoning of a woman he meets at the Chelsea Flower.
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (1991) –
Poirot tries to overcome seasickness to accompany a shipment of Liberty Bonds to New York.
The Plymouth Express (1991) –
Poirot is given the task of vetting suitors for an Australian magnate’s daughter.
Wasp’s Nest (1991) –
Poirot suspects that the son of a friend and his fashion-model girlfriend are in danger.
The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (1991) –
Poirot is drawn into the world of the supernatural when a man is found dead.
The Double Clue (1991) –
Poirot helps Chief Inspector Japp try to find a jewel thief.
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (1991) –
Poirot is asked to help a woman who lives in fear of her husband.
The Theft of the Royal Ruby (1991) –
Poirot is called upon to track down a stolen ruby.
The Affair at the Victory Ball (1991) –
Lord Cornshaw is murdered at a masquerade ball and only a fragment of a costume is left to help Poirot unmask the killer.
The Mystery of Hunter’s Lodge (1991) –
Poirot joins Hastings for a grouse shoot, but one of their party is murdered.

Season Four

The ABC Murders (1992) –
Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer.
Death in the Clouds (1992) –
A notorious French moneylender is murdered with a poisoned dart onboard a plane.
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1992) –
A dentist apparently shoots himself to death just after a visit from Poirot.

Season Five

The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1993) –
People suddenly start to drop like flies after opening an Egyptian tomb – Poirot investigates.
The Underdog (1993) –
A wealthy industrialist is found dead in his study.
The Yellow Iris (1993) –
Poirot muses on an old death by cyanide case.
The Case of the Missing Will (1993) –
A wealthy man is murdered before he can change his will, which is then stolen.
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman (1993) –
Poirot is drawn into the underworld of London’s Little Italy when Captain Hastings looks for a new car but instead finds murder.
The Chocolate Box (1993) –
Visiting Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded him.
Dead Man’s Mirror (1993) –
An obnoxious man is murdered after seeking Poirot’s assistance to look into the dealings of his business associate.
Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan (1993) –
On a healthy vacation in Brighton, Poirot investigates the theft of a pearl necklace from the hotel room of a theatre actress.

Season Six

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1995) –
A tyrannical man’s throat is slashed just before a Christmas reunion with his adult children.
Hickory Dickory Dock (1995) –
Miss Lemon persuades Poirot to investigate a series of minor thefts in a university hostel.
Murder on the Links (1996) –
While holidaying in France, Poirot investigates the murder of a man on a golf course.
Dumb Witness (1996) –
An elderly woman confides to Poirot that she fears one of her relatives is out to kill her.

Season Seven

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (2000) –
Poirot comes out of retirement when his industrialist friend is brutally murdered.
Lord Edgware Dies (2000) –
A beautiful actress becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her tyrannical husband.

Season Eight

Evil Under the Sun (2001) –
Poirot’s health retreat on an island is disturbed when a film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.
Murder in Mesopotamia (2002) –
While Poirot is on holiday in Iraq, the wife of the head scientist at an archaeological dig confides to him that she is receiving threatening letters.

Season Nine

Five Little Pigs (2003) –
Poirot is called in to re-examine the murder of Amyas Crale, whose wife was hanged for the crime fourteen years earlier.
Sad Cypress (2003) –
Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt.
Death on the Nile (2004) –
When one of the passengers is killed while on a cruise down the Nile, Poirot has to sort through an odd collection of passengers, all of whom may have something to hide.
The Hollow (2004) –
Poirot stumbles on the murder scene of philandering Dr Christow in a country house as his wife is standing next to him with a revolver in her hand.

Season Ten

The Mystery of the Blue Train (2006) –
Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a woman on a blue train.
Cards on the Table (2006) –
When a host is murdered at his own bridge party, Poirot uses psychology and the bridge scores to deduce the identity of the killer.
After the Funeral (2006) –
After Richard Abernathie’s funeral, his niece, Cora, is murdered herself.
Taken at the Flood (2006) –
When a stranger is found murdered, a family ask for Poirot’s help in identifying him.

Season Eleven

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (2008) –
Superintendent Spence is not convinced of a lodger’s guilt and turns to Poirot for help in finding the real killer.
Cat Among the Pigeons (2008) –
Poirot investigates some missing jewels belonging to a Princess at a school in England.
Third Girl (2008) –
A neurotic young heiress tells Ariadne Oliver and Poirot that she thinks she may have killed someone.
Appointment with Death (2009) –
While accompanying her husband on an archaeological dig in Syria, the abusive and overbearing Lady Boynton is found stabbed to death.

Season Twelve

Three Act Tragedy (2010) –
Poirot attends a dinner party when one of the guests chokes to death. Is it murder?
Hallowe’en Party (2010) –
Ariadne Oliver calls in her old friend Poirot to investigate a girl’s drowning.
Murder on the Orient Express (2010) –
A ruthless businessman is found dead on the Orient Express.
The Clocks (2011) –
Four clocks surround an unidentified corpse in a blind woman’s house – Poirot believes the solution is simple.

Season Thirteen

Elephants Can Remember (2013) –
Ariadne Oliver’s goddaughter tasks her to find out the truth behind her parents’ mysterious deaths.
The Big Four (2013) –
The world is on the brink of WWII, and it appears that the famous Peace Party is, in fact, a cover for the Big Four.
Dead Man’s Folly (2013) –
Ariadne Oliver is organising a ‘murder hunt’ at a summer fete but fears that she may become involved in a real crime.
The Labours of Hercules (2013) –
Poirot’s pursues an infamous art thief leads to a snowbound hotel in the Swiss Alps.
Curtain (2013) –
An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.