Poirot (1989–2013)
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Murder in Mesopotamia 

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While Poirot is on holiday in Iraq, the wife of the head scientist at an archaeological dig confides to him that she is the target of threatening letters.


Tom Clegg


Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Clive Exton (dramatized by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Hastings
Ron Berglas ... Dr. Leidner
Barbara Barnes Barbara Barnes ... Mrs. Leidner
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Anne Johnson
Georgina Sowerby Georgina Sowerby ... Amy Leatheran
Jeremy Turner-Welch Jeremy Turner-Welch ... Bill Coleman
Pandora Clifford ... Sheila Maitland
Christopher Hunter Christopher Hunter ... Father Lavigny
Christopher Bowen ... Richard Carey
Iain Mitchell Iain Mitchell ... Superintendent Maitland
Alexi Kaye Campbell Alexi Kaye Campbell ... Joseph Mercado
Deborah Poplett ... Mrs. Mercado
Kamel Touati Kamel Touati ... Squat Man
Hichem Rostom Hichem Rostom ... Hotel Receptionist


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? Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

8 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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| (14 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the Agatha Christie novel "Murder in Mesopotamia", Captain Hastings does not appear. In this adaptation, he appears and is related to William Coleman. See more »


When in the Bagdad hotel Superintendent Maitland and Poirot enter the room with the "dead" body of Joseph Mercado, you can see the actor of Mercado just open his left eye preparing the subsequent close shot of his face. See more »


Dr. Leidner: You'd have made a good archaeologist, Mr. Poirot. You have the gift of recreating the past.
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Thanks to the Archeological Site of Oudhna. See more »

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Murder in Mesopotamia
16 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Murder in Mesopotamia is great production values and good use of location shooting in Tunisia which stands in for Baghdad and the area around an archaeological dig.

Poirot has rushed to Baghdad in order to meet a Russian Countess who is not there when he arrives. Hastings is there though, he has popped over to visit his nice but dim nephew who is helping out at an archaeological dig.

The dig is led by renowned American archaeologist, Dr Leidner. His wife is visiting the dig accompanied by a nurse. Also with him are his two long term archaeological associates Richard Carey and Anne Johnson. There is a priest Father Lavigny who is a linguist expert plus a few others and locals helping out.

When Poirot arrives, a local crook is murdered. Mrs Leidner confides to Poirot why she has been feeling nervous. She has received threatening letters from her long dead first husband. Dr Leidner then finds his wife dead in their room with a blow to the head. The room was locked and no one was seen going in or out.

When Anne Johnson things she has it figured, she finds herself in danger. Poirot meanwhile thinks that no one has a worthwhile alibi.

There was a lot of money spent on this episode. It looks beautiful even though there is not enough of a story for a feature length film. Poirot chasing around a fly in the middle of a night is pure padding.

The biggest problem is that the story falls apart, so do a lot of the characters back story. The murderer could never had planned where the victim could had landed because of gravity. There is a sense of randomness where the Mrs Leidner would had fallen. As for the rest, Agatha Christie was having a laugh wasn't she?

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