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Agatha Christie's Poirot is a series of radio stories created by the Mutual Broadcasting Network (MBS) and broadcast in the U.S. between 1945 and 1946. The series comprised some 51 half-hour episodes broadcast weekly and featuring Harold Huber as Hercule Poirot. In publicity materials, news articles of the time and research works, the series is cited variously as The Adventures of M. Hercule Poirot, Hercule Poirot or Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. However the announcer during the broadcast introduces the program as Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Although the series uses Agatha Christie's Poirot character, the plots of these stories are wholly original and not based on her original works. In these adaptations, Poirot works in New York assisted by his secretary Abbie Thresher and Inspector Stevens. Agatha Christie introduced the first episode. This was to have been done live through a shortwave link up but was frustrated by atmospheric conditions. The station then substituted a pre-recorded version. In this introduction, Christie said that she hoped Poirot's "new career on the radio will make many new friends for him among a wider public."[1]

List of episodes

Records of the broadcasts are incomplete and not all the titles of the episodes are known. Unless footnotes otherwise, most of the entries below are sourced from "The Definitive Radio Log of Agatha Christie's Poirot with Harold Huber".[2]

# Title Original airdate
1 The Case of the Careless Victim
22 Feb 1945
2 Murder in Bed[3][4] 1 Mar 1945
3 The Case of Murder By The Sea 8 Mar 1945
4 The Case of the Little Sticks[5] 15 Mar 1945
5 Title Unknown 22 Mar 1945
6 Title Unknown 29 Mar 1945
7 Title Unknown 05 Apr 1945
8 Title Unknown 12 Apr 1945
9 Title Unknown 19 Apr 1945
10 Title Unknown 26 Apr 1945
11 Murder Wears A Mask 03 May 1945
12 The Case of Death Points A Finger 10 May 1945
13 Death In The Golden Gate 17 May 1945
14 Title Unknown 24 May 1945
15 Title Unknown 31 May 1945
16 Title Unknown 07 Jun 1945
17 Title Unknown 14 Jun 1945
18 Title Unknown 21 Jun 1945
19 Title Unknown 28 Jun 1945
20 Title Unknown 05 Jul 1945
21 Rendezvous with Death 12 Jul 1945
22 The Deadest Man In the World 19 Jul 1945
23 The Book and The Corpse 26 Jul 1945
24 Title Unknown 02 Aug 1945
25 Title Unknown 09 Aug 1945
26 Title Unknown 16 Aug 1945
27 Murder By Request 23 Aug 1945
28 The Three Pauls 30 Aug 1945
29 The Wedding Band Murder 06 Sep 1945
30 The Adventure of The Money-Mad Ghoul 13 Sep 1945
31 The Parallel Murder Case 20 Sep 1945
32 The Jade Elephant 30 Sep 1945
33 Title Unknown 07 Oct 1945
34 Title Unknown 12 Oct 1945
35 Title Unknown 19 Oct 1945
36 Title Unknown 26 Oct 1945
37 Title Unknown 02 Nov 1945
38 Title Unknown 09 Nov 1945
39 Title Unknown 16 Nov 1945
40 The Trail Led to Death 23 Nov 1945
41 Murder Is A Private Affair 30 Nov 1945
? Title Unknown (repeat of #41 or early broadcast of #42?) 05 Dec 1945
42 The Bride Wore Fright 07 Dec 1945
43 The Letter and The Mad Woman 14 Dec 1945
44 Title Unknown 21 Dec 1945
45 Title Unknown 28 Dec 1945
46 Title Unknown 04 Jan 1946[6]
47 Title Unknown 11 Jan 1946[7]
48 Title Unknown 18 Jan 1946[8]
49 Title Unknown 25 Jan 1946[9]
50 Title Unknown 31 Jan 1946[10]
50 Title Unknown 10 Feb 1946
51 Title Unknown 17 Feb 1946

References

  1. https://www.genericradio.com/show/456735ba297822a8 See this transcript of the 1st episode "The Case of the Careless Victim".
  2. http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/DigitalDeliToo/dd2jb-Agatha-Christies-Poirot.html Digital Deli/The Definitive Radio Log of Agatha Christie's Poirot with Harold Huber
  3. Indianapolis News, 01 Mar 1945
  4. Digital Deli's log mentions there is a lot of uncertainty about this episode. It cites Chicago Tribune 01 Mar 1945 which reports an episode on this day as "Murder in Red". Digital Deli states it was pre-empted by a Red Cross Opening Drive on some stations. Also the end of the previous episode mentions that the next episode is "Murder by the Sea". The Indianapolis News reference is the only one which mentions "Bed".
  5. Indianapolis News, 15 Mar 1945
  6. Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illlinois, 4 Jan 1946
  7. Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illlinois, 11 Jan 1946
  8. Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illlinois, 18 Jan 1946
  9. Rock Island Argus, Rock Island, Illlinois, 25 Jan 1946
  10. The Newport Daily Express, Newport, Vermont, 31 Jan 1946
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