Another case for the Agatha Christie detective who enjoys nothing more than exercising his little grey cells. Poirot (David Suchet) is enjoying a quiet retirement when his wealthy industrialist neighbour Roger Ackroyd is brutally murdered in his study. Poirot immediately begins scrutinising Ackroyd's household, and is pleased to find that the man placed in official charge of the case is none other than his old colleague Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson).
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
opens with a retired Poirot (David Suchet) cursing vegetable marrows in his country garden. When his old friend is found stabbed in the neck, Poirot begins an investigation that reunites him with Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and uncovers a chain of furtive phone calls and secret romances. Unfortunately, the restructuring necessary to adapt the story from text to film takes away some of the shock value of Christie's original ending, which caused quite a controversy when the book was first published in 1926. --Larisa Lomacky Moore