Originally aired Thursday, November 26, 1998
Poirot alights at Lake Windermere, a placid resort town, for a weekend of relaxation with friend Charles Arundel and his extended family. When Arundel's beloved Aunt Emily is found murdered, Poirot looks to her canine companion for help, convinced that the dog is the only one who knows who the murderer is - and he's not talking. But Emily's spirit is. In an effort to expose the killer, a seance is convened and, to everyone's surprise, Emily fingers a trusted friend. Poirot is unimpressed - and unconvinced.
Principal cast: David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings). Guest starring: Patrick Ryecart (Charles Arundel) and Kate Buffery (Theresa Arundel).
Originally aired Thursday, December 3, 1998
When a close friend of Emily Arundel's turns up dead, Poirot turns his attention to Jacob Tanios, the husband of Emily's daughter, Bella. Could Tanios be responsible for both deaths? Poirot once again looks to Emily's pet terrier, Bob, for insight. Could Poirot be barking up the wrong tree?
Principal cast: David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings). Guest starring: Paul Herzberg (Jacob Tanios) and Julia St. John (Bella).
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Originally aired Thursday, December 10, 1998
Five days before Christmas, Simeon Lee, an imperious patriarch, summons Poirot to monitor a seasonal family reunion. Three alienated sons, two enigmatic daughters-in-law, and an exotic niece are all present and accounted for when Simeon announces a cut in spending allowances. But Simeon's relatives are elsewhere - or so they claim - when he is found murdered.
Principal cast: David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Philip Jackson (Inspector Japp). Guest starring: Andree Bernard (Magdalene), Mark Tandy (Sugden), and Catherine Rabett (Lydia Lee).
Thursday, December 17, 1998
Poirot and Inspector Japp become better acquainted with each member of the Lee family in an attempt to sift the truth from their conflicting stories. A mysterious woman from Simeon Lee's past takes her place at the family reunion - and shocks everyone with a forty-year-old secret about Simeon.
Principal cast: David Suchet (Hercule Poirot) and Philip Jackson (Inspector Japp). Guest starring: Mark Tandy (Sugden) and Catherine Rabett (Lydia Lee).
Poirot, Series Eight is presented on MYSTERY! by WGBH Boston, and is produced for London Weekend Television by Brian Eastman with Sarah Wilson, executive producer.
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Executive Producer for MYSTERY! is Rebecca Eaton and Diana Rigg is series host.
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