Saturday, July 17, 2010

Poirot: Third Girl Airs Sunday, July 18th on PBS

Poirot: Third Girl (PBS)

Tomorrow, Sunday July 18th, the second of three new Poirot mysteries airing this summer on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! (See you local listings for times.)

Titled "Third Girl", it is based on one of Agatha Christie's later novels, originally published in the UK 1966, a year later in the US. It also includes the appearance of the semi-recurring character Ariadne Oliver, a crime novelist (not unlike Christie herself) whose sudden insights furnish Poirot with important clues to the solution of the mystery at hand.

In "Third Girl", Norma Restarick, a young and tormented heiress, visits Hercule Poirot with an alarming cry: "I thought you might be able to save me!" She thinks she may have committed a murder, but before Poirot can inquire further, she's gone. Soon thereafter, Poirot and Ariadne learn of a death — Norma's childhood nanny, apparently a suicide. But Norma, haunted by memories of her childhood and her own mother's suicide, is convinced she's committed the heinous crime. Norma's family and circle of friends fear for her sanity. But as Poirot delves into this compelling case and Norma's tragic past, he begins to fear for her life. Norma may be in imminent danger, but can Poirot devise a plot to lure a killer and save the fragile Norma?

"Third Girl" stars David Suchet as Hercule Poirot and Zoë Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver.


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