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The Affair at the Victory Ball is the tenth episode of series 3 of the ITV British television drama series Agatha Christie's Poirot featuring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, first broadcast on 3 March 1991 in the UK. The episode is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie short story of the same name and was directed by Renny Rye with dramatisation by Andrew Marshall.


Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a classical masquarade where every guest is dressed as someone famous. Poirot dresses up as himself. During the frolicking, one of the guests, Viscount Cronshaw, is found stabbed to death – and another death soon follows.

The TV adaptation is fairly faithful to original short story. The main difference is that Poirot actually attends the ball with Hastings, and the characters are given more backstory to add to the barebones short story narrative. The denouement is done over a live radio broadcast and is slightly different.

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Filming Locations[]

  • Highpoint - flat of Coco Courtenay
  • BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place
  • Ladbroke Hall, Notting Hill - externals of the Colossus ball room
  • Princes Gate Mews - residence of the Davidsons
  • 30 Ennismore Gardens, Westminster - Cronshaw's residence

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