Death on the Nile is the the third episode of series nine of Agatha Christie's Poirot. It was broadcast on 12 April 2004. The episode was directed by Andy Wilson and the screenplay was written by Kevin Elyot. It was an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name.
Comparison with Original Novel
- This adaptation is very faithful to the original novel.
- Some minor characters are dropped. Fanthorp's role is partly replaced by Ferguson. Richetti is also not cast and the entire espionage subplot which involved Colonel Race is eliminated.
- Bowers is not cast and part of her role is merged with Cornelia Robson.
- Fleetwood is not cast and this removes one possible suspect.
- Rosalie Otterbourne does not end up with Tim Allerton. She does show her affection but he turns her down.
- The route of this cruise is different from that in the novel. In the original the boat departs Shellal near Aswan for Wadi Halfa, stopping at Abu Simbel. In this adaptation, the boat departs Luxor and appears to cruise nearby, Karnak, Dendera and Valley of the Kings. It does not go to Abu Simbel. Presumably there are more spectacular filming locations in this region. However Race tells Poirot he wanted to join Poirot as they cruise "upriver". The boat does not really cruise up river. The rock fall incident which took place at Abu Simbel in the original thus takes place at Dendera.
- David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
- James Fox as Colonel Race
- Emma Griffiths Malin as Jacqueline de Bellefort (as Emma Malin)
- JJ Feild as Simon Doyle
- Emily Blunt as Linnet Ridgeway
- Judy Parfitt as Miss Van Schuyler
- Daisy Donovan as Cornelia Robson
- Barbara Flynn as Mrs Allerton
- Daniel Lapaine as Tim Allerton
- David Soul as Andrew Pennington
- Frances de la Tour as Salome Otterbourne (as Frances De La Tour)
- Zoe Telford as Rosalie Otterbourne
- Alastair Mackenzie as Ferguson
- Steve Pemberton as Dr Bessner
- George Antoni as Cruise Manager (as George Yiasoumi)
- Elodie Kendall as Joanna Southwood
- Félicité Du Jeu as Louise Bourget (as Felicite Du Jeu)
- Uncredited actor as Lord Charles Windlesham
Tropes and themes
- Spectacular scenery - shot mainly on location, the show includes many of the actual places visited during the cruise.
- Loneliness - the later episodes in the series explored the topic of Poirot's loneliness. There is a scene of him discussing this with Jacqueline de Bellefort while on the boat looking into the evening sky. See also Mrs McGinty's Dead.
- Forgiveness - Poirot's compassion in allowing the culprits an honourable or less painful way out. This is also a recurrent theme in the later episodes in the series. In this case, after Jacky shoots Simon and then herself, Race chides him that he knew all along that she had a second pistol. Poirot replies that it is not always that simple.
- Eltham Palace, Court Road, Eltham, London - As Wode Hall.
- Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel, Luxor
- P. S. Sudan - as the S. S. Karnak. Agatha Christie took a cruise on the Sudan in 1933 and this inspired her to write the novel.
- Luxor Temple
- Dendera Temple complex
- Valley of the Kings