Agatha Christie's Poirot: Peril At End House - Parts 1 And 2 [DVD] 
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Two-part mystery for Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) and Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser). The duo are holidaying on the Cornish Riviera when a chance meeting with Miss Buckley of End House draws them into a complex murder investigation - one which tests even the Belgian detective's little grey cells.
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As with all the Poirot adaptations made for television, this is an intriguing puzzle which will keep you guessing to the end. The 1920s socialite whirl is captured beautifully, showing the lonely emptiness at the bottom of all the giddy dancing and champagne drinking. The only bit I didn't like very much was the seance scene, which I felt really didn't fit into a first-rate murder mystery. Well-acted all round though, and the sunny Cornish locations make for good escapism.
Superb! I have been enjoying the Poirot seasons on Amazon Prime Video but, for some reason, there is a whole season missing for purchase on there and this film episode was in that season.(Note too that 'seasons' and 'collections' in these differ in content). It is one of my favourite books and this film definitely doesn't disappoint. It's a satisfyingly, glossy film and David Suchet, as Poirot, is as enigmatic as ever. We see Poirot and Hastings (also brilliant) holidaying whilst becoming embroiled in the latest mystery. There's a real sense of time and place - taking a holiday in Cornwall with Poirot and Hastings. It's a convoluted plot with a typical Christie twist but all great fun. The plot revolves around a series of attempts at the taking of the life of a Miss Buckley, a local resident. Poirot becomes rather obsessive in his quest to get to the bottom of the mystery. There are some wonderful characterisations and some equally wonderful acting and some fantastic one liners. The denouement, some may say, is outlandish, but it's totally in keeping with the book itself so suspend reality and enjoy it. It's a fabulous addition to the Poirot collection. (I paid just a little over £2 for my disc, which was factory sealed and in first class condition- an absolute bargain. It's well worth looking through the listings as I've purchased many 'used' / 'new' in 'very good' or 'good' condition and have never been disappointed, some have actually still been sealed as this was and still on prime delivery). All round, this is an absolute joy and recommended for all Poirot aficionados. Well presented, well packaged with excellent Amazon delivery.
Peril at End House has been dramatised perfectly from the book with a superb cast of 'disaffected young things' with nothing pressing on their time other than their absorbption into the high-class social scene of the day (the 1930s), with all the excesses this entails.
The attention to period detail and the faithfulness to the spirit of Dame Christie's book makes this drama a pure joy to watch. The story is compelling and the viewer is left with the clear message that justice has prevailed.
Hugh Fraser deserves particular mention in his role of Captain Hastings - Poirot's devoted but generally clueless comrade. Hastings stumbles across clues with a fine disregard for logic yet unwittingly, presents Poirot with the solution to the case.
Parts 1 and 2 of the dvd run concurrently; the story was only split into two parts because of the length.
If you are an Agatha Christie fan, you won't be disappointed.
Set in the 1920s, Nick's circle of friends come across as rather empty-headed and, for the most part, not very nice people. Indeed there is one scene where the perfectly charming and thoroughly chivalrous Captain Hastings is deliberately and cruellly humiliated by the most odious,and arrogant of Nick's pals. Hastings himself is particularly winsome in this episode and as usual inadvertently helps Poirot and his little grey cells to solve the mystery. Miss Lemon is invaluable as the third member of the trio and the holiday atmosphere along with Poirot's obvious fascination with Ms. Buckley all serves to make this a delightful production.
I love the adaptations of the Agatha Christie novels starring David Suchet and Hugh Fraser and Peril at End House is particularly good with a gripping plot, interesting characters and a satisfying denouement. There is also humour and pathos and I loved this excellent adaptation of
one of Christie's finest novels.
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