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Curtain is the final episode of season 13, and thus the final episode of the whole Agatha Christie's Poirot series. It is based on the final Hercule Poirot novel Curtain. The episode was directed by Hettie Macdonald, with a screenplay by Kevin Elyot and first aired in the UK on 13 November 2013.


After almost thirty years apart, Hercule Poirot, now crippled with arthritis and being tended to at the post-war guest house at Styles Court, is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings, who has since become a widower. When the great detective brands one of the seemingly harmless guests a ruthless serial killer, people begin having doubts about the capability of his once renowned 'little grey cells'. But Poirot is aware that he alone must work quickly before the murderer strikes again, even if it means putting his life on the line...



Mentioned but not cast

Comparison with the original novel

  • The episode is fairly faithful to the original story, except that prior to the events shown onscreen there were three victims (Miss Sharples, Etherington, Litchfield) instead of the original five.

Tropes and Themes

Filming locations

  • Shirburn Castle, Shirburn, Watlington
  • Eastbourne Pier, Grand Parade, Eastbourne