Hercule Poirot Five Little Pigs (1989–2013) Online
Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer.
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|David Suchet||-||Hercule Poirot|
|Rachael Stirling||-||Caroline Crale|
|Aidan Gillen||-||Amyas Crale|
|Toby Stephens||-||Philip Blake|
|Marc Warren||-||Meredith Blake|
|Aimee Mullins||-||Lucy Crale|
|Julie Cox||-||Elsa Greer|
|Gemma Jones||-||Miss Williams|
|Sophie Winkleman||-||Angela Warren|
|Talulah Riley||-||Young Angela|
|Annette Badland||-||Mrs. Spriggs|
|Melissa Suffield||-||Young Lucy|
Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) and Rachael Stirling's (Caroline Crale) respective mothers Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg starred together in another film based on an Agatha Christie novel: Zło czai się wszędzie (1982).
Three of the actors who appeared in Five Little Pigs also appeared in Marple: Panna Marple: Morderstwo na plebanii (2004), Julie Cox (Elsa Greer) played Young Miss Marple, Rachael Stirling (Caroline Crale) played Griselda Clement, and Marc Warren (Meridith Blake) played Captain Ainsworth.
Both Gemma Jones (Miss Williams) and Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) play characters in different versions of Jane Eyre: Jones as Mrs. Fairfax in Dziwne losy Jane Eyre (1997) and Stephens as Rochester in Jane Eyre (2006).
Meredith Blake is also the name given to a character in Nie wierzcie bliźniaczkom (1998).
Julie Cox (Elsa Greer) and Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) appeared together in Inspector Lewis's "A Generation of Vipers" as Miranda Thornton and David Connelly. Julie Cox is almost unrecognizable between the two shows because in Inspector Lewis, she is a plain, mousy Oxford don who doesn't wear one speck of makeup. In Poirot, she is made up very glamorously, and it's hard to tell it's the same woman.