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Bates was a non-canonical character who was created for the film adaptation of Problem at Sea in Season 1 of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot. Bates was a steward on board the cruise ship which Poirot and Hastings were travelling on. He assisted Hastings in planning the entertainment on board, especially in organising a clay pigeon shooting competition.

Bates was played by James Chissick. This character does not occur in the the original story.

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