The BEST Episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Network: ITV1

The adventures of Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, adapted for television over more than twenty years and covering every Poirot book and short story ever written. This enormous lifelong project starring David Suchet takes the eponymous detective from England to Egypt, from country estate to weekend lodge, from dinner party to train ride, with his good friend Captain Hastings at his side, solving some of the most celebrated murder mysteries ever conceived.

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

#1 - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Season 13 - Episode 5

In the post-war climate of the late 1940s, an ailing Poirot reunites with his old friend Captain Hastings at Styles Court, the place where they had solved their first murder together almost thirty years previously. Styles is now a modest guest house run by an elderly couple, and Poirot knows that one of the guests staying there is a heartless serial killer. The suspects range from a chemist and his invalid wife, a dashing but untrustworthy major, a charming aristocrat, a melancholic middle-aged woman, an unobtrusive birdwatcher, and Hastings' own feisty daughter. With Hastings' assistance, an incapacitated Poirot tries to prevent another murder from occurring, knowing that his own end is nearing.

star 9.18
284 votes
Writers:
Murder on the Orient Express

#2 - Murder on the Orient Express

Season 12 - Episode 3

Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American business man stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express, blocked by a blizzard in the Serbian mountains.

star 8.69
397 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Stewart Harcourt
The Labours of Hercules

#3 - The Labours of Hercules

Season 13 - Episode 4

The sleuth falls victim to depression after failing to prevent the murder of a society girl by notorious art thief Marrascaud. His confidence shattered, Poirot eventually returns to work when a lonely chauffeur begs him to find his missing soulmate, the maid of a famous Russian dancer. The investigation takes him to the Swiss Alps, where, against all odds, he stumbles upon a hotel thought to be Marrascaud's hideout - leading to a very personal showdown.

star 8.59
325 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers:
The Hollow

#4 - The Hollow

Season 9 - Episode 4

Poirot is spending a week-end with the Angkatells, at their country house called The Hollow. The good-looking Dr John Christow is also there, with his plain wife, but he is flirting (or perhaps more) with Henrietta Savernake, a young artist. Meanwhile, Lady Angkatell is match-making between Henrietta and Edward Angkatell, to the distress of Midge, who loves Edward. Then a game of murder turns into the real thing, when Christow is shot dead by the swimming pool. Gerda Christow is found holding the gun, but was she set up? Sir Henry Angkatell asks Poirot (how could he do anything else?) to find the killer, and it soon appears that several of the house party had motives for killing Christow, including Henrietta and Lady Angkatell... then the ballistic evidence comes in, and there is a big surprise. Poirot will surely outwit the murderer. Or will he?

star 8.42
393 votes
Directors: Simon Langton
Writers: Agatha Christie, Nick Dear
Hallowe'en Party

#5 - Hallowe'en Party

Season 12 - Episode 2

When Ariadne Oliver and her friend, Judith Butler, attend a children's Halloween party in the village of Woodleigh Common, a young girl named Joyce Reynolds boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. Joyce's story is heard by all the party, including her strange brother Leopold, the impeccable hostess Rowena Drake, her bookish son Edmund, and the local Reverend Cottrell. Mrs Whittaker, the church organist, and Frances Drake, Rowena's feisty daughter, are dismissive of her story, but later that evening Joyce's lifeless body is discovered face-down in the apple-bobbing bucket. At Mrs Oliver's behest, Poirot travels down to Woodleigh Common to investigate the murder. Although the local police and Joyce's stepmother dismiss the dead girl's claim, Poirot takes Joyce's story seriously. Mrs Goodbody, a gossiping charwoman, tells Poirot there have been a number of suspicious deaths in the village in recent years which Joyce could indeed have witnessed, and that old curses still haunt the village - a claim supported by the affable gardener, Michael Garfield. While Poirot is busy piecing together the facts, another child is found drowned in a river. He realizes that he needs to act quickly in order to save Judith's daughter, Miranda, who is also in danger.

star 8.36
436 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Mark Gatiss
Death on the Nile

#6 - Death on the Nile

Season 9 - Episode 3

While on their honeymoon in Egypt, newlyweds Simon Doyle and Linnet Ridgeway are constantly harassed by Simon's ex-fiancée Jacqueline de Bellefort who feels her ex-best friend has stolen the love of her life. A holidaying Hercule Poirot counsels Jacqueline to put an end to her antics, fearing that all of this can only end in tragedy. When one of the passengers is killed while on a cruise down the Nile, Poirot must sift through an odd assortment of passengers, all of whom may have something to hide. There is Linnet's financial advisor from the US, her French maid who clearly has something to hide, the Austrian doctor who keeps mostly to himself and the left leaning philosopher who despises the rich.

star 8.29
448 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Agatha Christie, Kevin Elyot
Dead Man's Folly

#7 - Dead Man's Folly

Season 13 - Episode 3

Ariadne Oliver is asked to devise a murder hunt for a Devon fête, but her sense of foreboding summons Poirot to the scene. Her fears are realized when, during the fête, the girl playing her murder victim winds up well and truly murdered.

star 8.28
396 votes
Directors: Tom Vaughan
Writers:
The Clocks

#8 - The Clocks

Season 12 - Episode 4

Investigating a spy-ring Colin Race comes to Wilbraham Crescent, where he literally bumps into agency typist Sheila Webb, as she comes flying out of number 19, the home of blind ex-teacher Millicent Pebmarsh. Sheila has discovered the body of a man whose identity proves hard to confirm, surrounded by four clocks, stopped at the same time. Miss Pebmarsh does not know the man and did not ask for the services of Sheila, who is the initial chief suspect. However, as Poirot is brought in to assist Inspector Hardcastle in the case, and the murderer strikes again, Poirot comes to realise that the man was killed elsewhere and brought to Miss Pebmarsh's house. The neighbours claim to have seen nothing but Poirot believes one of them may have had a secret which was worth killing for and sets out to unmask them, as well as explaining the significance, if any, of the clocks. At the same time Colin solves his investigation but with mixed results.

star 8.28
373 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Stewart Harcourt
The Big Four

#9 - The Big Four

Season 13 - Episode 2

As a deadly game of chess unfolds in the wake of World War II, Russian grandmaster Dr Ivan Savaranoff meets a shocking end, sending the public spiraling into panic, as suspicion is cast upon Peace Party stalwarts Abe Ryland and Madame Olivier. In one of his toughest challenges yet, Poirot must work out who the villains are from the good people, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns by a gang of dangerous dissidents tagged "The Big Four." As the murders and disappearances stack up one by one, Poirot is joined in his investigations by his old friend Japp, the dogged journalist Tysoe, and struggling actress Flossie Monro, in an attempt to snare the killer and shatter "The Big Four" for good.

star 8.22
312 votes
Directors: Peter Lydon
Writers:
Sad Cypress

#10 - Sad Cypress

Season 9 - Episode 2

Young Elinor Carlisle, engaged to marry the dashing Roddy Winter, finds herself charged with the fatal poisoning of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. Poirot has the job of saving Elinor's skin, but unfortunately, the evidence against her is overwhelming. If Elinor has been framed, someone has been fiendishly clever.

star 8.19
496 votes
Directors: Dave Moore
Writers: Agatha Christie, David Pirie
Three Act Tragedy

#11 - Three Act Tragedy

Season 12 - Episode 1

Poirot is attending a dinner party when one of the guests chokes to death on a cocktail. With no trace of poison, and no apparent motive, can it be murder?

star 8.16
516 votes
Directors: Ashley Pearce
Writers: Nick Dear
Taken at the Flood

#12 - Taken at the Flood

Season 10 - Episode 4

Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality.

star 8.15
475 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Agatha Christie, Guy Andrews
Hercule Poirot's Christmas

#13 - Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Season 6 - Episode 1

Poirot's Christmas is interrupted by Simeon Lee, who believes his life is threatened. Simeon is soon killed and his diamonds stolen, and there is no shortage of down-trodden Lees on hand who might have done the deed.

star 8.10
512 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Agathe Christie, Clive Exton
The Mystery of the Blue Train

#14 - The Mystery of the Blue Train

Season 10 - Episode 1

After traveling on the Blue Train from Calais to Nice, Hercule Poirot is pressed into service to help solve the murder of heiress Ruth Kettering who is found savagely beaten in her compartment. She was the daughter of wealthy industrialist Rufus Van Alden and very much wanted a divorce. Both her husband and her lover were on the train but she had changed rooms with another passenger, Katherine Grey, so the question naturally arises as to whether she was the intended victim. Grey may also have had enemies as she had recently inherited a very large sum of money and greedy relatives had suddenly taken a interest in her. When an attempt is subsequently made on Grey's life, this appears to the case but Poirot methodically sifts through all of the clues to determine the motive and identify the killer.

star 8.10
500 votes
Directors: Hettie Mcdonald
Writers: Agatha Christie, Guy Andrews
Peril at End House

#15 - Peril at End House

Season 2 - Episode 1

Poirot and Hastings take a holiday in Cornwall, looking for peace and quiet. They meet Miss Nick Buckley, who lives near their hotel at End House, and she tells Poirot she has had three near-fatal accidents in a few weeks. He then finds a bullet hole in her hat, returns with her to End House and is drawn into a complex murder investigation.....

star 8.08
614 votes
Directors: Renny Rye
Writers: Agatha Christie, Clive Exton
Lord Edgware Dies

#16 - Lord Edgware Dies

Season 7 - Episode 2

Lady Edgware, the well-known stage actress Jane Wilkinson has a dilemma in that her husband has consistently refused to give her a divorce. She asks Hercule Poirot to visit the man and see if there is any possibility of convincing him. Lord Edgware is nothing short of nasty treating all of those around him very badly. When he is found dead, there is no great surprise but there certainly a good number of suspects. The police believe Lady Edgware to be the culprit but she has a cast iron alibi having attended a private dinner over the time her husband was killed. There is also the man's nephew, who would inherit his fortune; his personal assistant, whom he treated very badly; and then there is the family butler who clearly has his own interests at heart.

star 8.03
458 votes
Directors: Brian Farnham
Writers: Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz
The A.B.C. Murders

#17 - The A.B.C. Murders

Season 4 - Episode 1

Three bodies are found. Beside each lies a copy of the ABC Railway Guide. The police are baffled. But the killer has made one mistake. He has challenged Hercule Poirot to unmask him.

star 8.03
523 votes
Directors: Andrew Grieve
Writers: Agatha Christie, Clive Exton
Elephants Can Remember

#18 - Elephants Can Remember

Season 13 - Episode 1

Poirot investigates a strange and gruesome murder of an elderly psychiatrist. Ariadne Oliver is pressed to try and uncover the truth behind two decade-old deaths. They soon find out that their separate investigations are linked and work together to try and solve the mystery.

star 8.02
389 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers:
Dumb Witness

#19 - Dumb Witness

Season 6 - Episode 4

Poirot and Hastings are at Lake Windermere for an attempt on the world speed-boat record. Two sisters have premonitions of danger. Soon a rich elderly widow is hurt by falling down stairs, then later she is killed by poisoning with phosphorus. The "dumb witness" Poirot must fathom to solve the mystery is a dog.

star 8.00
520 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Agatha Christie, Douglas Watkinson
Hickory Dickory Dock

#20 - Hickory Dickory Dock

Season 6 - Episode 2

A string of thefts at a student hostel run by Miss Lemon's sister ends in death, and Poirot has a number of plots and sub-plots to untangle, including smuggling and political manipulations. A certain mouse is the only witness to a string of murders and it also features at the climax. Meanwhile, Poirot invites Japp to stay with him while Mrs Japp is away. Hastings is also off on his travels, and the dim police inspector vies with Poirot over the cooking.

star 7.96
491 votes
Directors: Andrew Grieve
Writers: Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz
Murder in Mesopotamia

#21 - Murder in Mesopotamia

Season 8 - Episode 2

While accompanying his friend Hastings to a dig in Iraq, Hercule Poirot becomes involved in the murder of an archaeologist's wife. The victim, Mrs. Leidner, had been receiving threatening letters signed by her first husband, who was known to have been killed in a train wreck. Did he survive? Was it his younger brother who was avenging his memory? Did Miss Johnson get rid of her rival for her employer's affections? Did Richard Carey kill the woman he publically announces that he hates? Is the French priest really who he pretends to be? And how many deaths will occur before Poirot unmasks the murderer?

star 7.93
483 votes
Directors: Tom Clegg
Writers: Agatha Christie, Clive Exton
Five Little Pigs

#22 - Five Little Pigs

Season 9 - Episode 1

Sixteen years earlier, Caroline Crale was charged with killing her husband, Amyas Crale, and no one doubted her guilt. The case was closed after she was duly tried, convicted and hanged. But then, in the present day, their daughter Lucy Crale returns from Canada after reading a letter written by Caroline before her death, in which she claims to be innocent. Anxious to know the truth, Lucy hires Poirot to solve the murder of her father sixteen years before. Poirot visits the five people present on the fateful day, all of whom may be possible suspects. The late Amyas was well known for having affairs with his models. Does Elsa Greer, his lover at the time of his death, hold the key to unravelling the case?

star 7.92
530 votes
Directors: Paul Unwin
Writers: Agatha Christie, Kevin Elyot
After the Funeral

#23 - After the Funeral

Season 10 - Episode 3

His friend, solicitor Gilbert Entwhistle, asks Hercule Poirot to help solve a riddle and a murder. The riddle has to do with Richard Abernethie's will. It would seem that he changed his will immediately prior to his death, distributing all of his wealth equally among family members but excluding George Abernethie who, in all previous wills, had been the sole beneficiary. The two had supposedly argued recently, but Entwhistle suspects the new will may be a forgery. As for the murder, he would like Poirot to investigate the death of Cora Galaccio, who was violently beaten to death the day after Richard's funeral. She too had inherited from the suspect will, but are the two deaths and the will all part of a greater plot, or is there a simpler explanation?

star 7.92
484 votes
Directors: Maurice Philips
Writers: Agatha Christie, Philomena McDonagh
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

#24 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Season 3 - Episode 1

Recovering from the horrors of World War I, British Army officer Arthur Hastings hopes to find peace and quiet at a country manor in the English countryside. But when the matriarch dies during the night from strychnine poisoning, Hastings enlists the help of an old friend staying nearby with other war refugees to help solve the murder: former Belgian police detective Hercule Poirot.

star 7.90
507 votes
Directors: Ross Devenish
Writers:
Murder on the Links

#25 - Murder on the Links

Season 6 - Episode 3

Poirot and Hastings are on holiday in Deauville and receive a visit from Paul Renauld, who believes he's being cheated by Chileans. Renauld is kidnapped and his body is later found buried in a new golf bunker. French detective Giraud unwisely challenges Poirot to catch the killer before he can. Meanwhile, Hastings is diverted by love - he has fallen heavily for an actress called Dulcie Duveen. Dulcie has a twin sister called Bella. And one of them appears to be mixed up in the killing of Renault.

star 7.89
466 votes
Directors: Andrew Grieve
Writers: Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz