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David Suchet stars as the world famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, alongside an exciting cast including Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love), Patrick Ryecart (The Kings Speech, The High Life), Rupert Evans (The Village, Fleming, World without End), Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Utopia, Outcast) Orla Brady (Sinbad, Mistresses), Morvan Christie (Hunted, Twenty Twelve), Tom Austen (Beaver Falls, The Borgias), Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen, Jack the Giant Slayer) and Tom Wlaschiha (Game of Thrones, Christopher and his Kind) in the television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Labours of Hercules.
In the penultimate film Poirot falls into a deep depression, after his egotism plays a part in the murder of a society girl. It is the desperate plea of a lonely chauffeur (Tom Austen) to find his missing soul mate, which eventually motivates Poirot to get back to work. His quest takes him to the Swiss Alps where he stumbles on clues, which may lead to a very personal showdown.
Desperate to catch infamous art thief Marrascaud, the Metropolitan Police build what they imagine is a perfect trap. The Le Mesurier family is to announce the society debut of their beautiful daughter Lucinda (Lorna Nickson Brown), who will be wearing an exceptionally expensive diamond necklace. On display will be ‘Hercules Vanquishing the Hydra’, a priceless work by Marrascaud’s favourite artist Van Druys. Last but not least, the great Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) will be in attendance.
How can Marrascaud resist?
The results are catastrophic. Marrascaud pinches the painting and the jewels from beneath Poirot’s nose, leaving behind the butchered body of Lucinda. Poirot is devastated and falls into a heavy depression.
Dr Burton (Tom Chadbon) does all he can to revive the detective’s spirits, but it is not until a lonely chauffeur begs the detective to find his missing true love, the maid of a famous Russian dancer, that Poirot feels he can return to his work.
The quest for Nita takes Poirot to the Swiss Alps, where fate plays a hand: against all odds, Poirot has stumbled upon Hotel Olympos, now thought to be Marrascaud’s hideout.
As an avalanche cuts off access to the hotel, Poirot finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse with a villain he fears and despises. What is the secret of bedridden dancer Katrina Samoushenka (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) and her missing maid? What are the true intentions of her Freudian therapist Dr Lutz (Simon Callow)? Why is Member of Parliament Harold Waring (Rupert Evans), dogged by salacious Fleet Street rumour, in hiding in Switzerland? Will Miss Annabel Rice (Sandy McDade) and her daughter Elsie Clayton (Morven Chrsitie) escape the wrath of Elsie’s abusive husband Philip? Is effusive Italian hotel owner Francesco (Nigel Lindsay) to be trusted? Who is the enigmatic parlour-game enthusiast Schwartz (Tom Wlaschiha)?
Just when it seems like the situation couldn’t be more baffling, or more dangerous, there is another arrival at the hotel: none other than the jewel thief Countess Vera Rossakoff (Orla Brady), whom Poirot has not encountered for over twenty years. This vivacious Russian émigré is the only woman to have stirred his heart – could she really be a killer? And what of her prodigious daughter, criminologist Alice Cunningham (Eleanor Tomlinson), and her ghastly bulldog Binky?
Any one of these people could be Marrascaud – but is the disoriented Poirot in a fit state to tell psychology from stagecraft, passions from posture, fact from fiction – before his nemesis kills again?
Hercule Poirot - David Suchet
Sir Anthony Morgan - Patrick Ryecart
Harold Waring - Rupert Evans
Lucinda - Lorna Nickson Brown
Chief Inspector - Stephen Frost
Dr Lutz - Simon Callow
Elsie Clayton - Morven Chrsitie
Schwartz - Tom Wlaschiha
Inspector Lementeuil - Nicholas McGaughey
Countess Vera Rossakoff - Orla Brady
Alice Cunningham - Eleanor Tomlinson
Dr Burton - Tom Chadbon
Ted Williams - Tom Austen
Katrina Samoushenka - Fiona O’Shaughnessy
Miss Annabel Rice - Sandy McDade
Francesco - Nigel Lindsay
Gustave - Richard Katz
Policewoman - Isobel Middleton