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The Labours of Hercules is the fourth episode of the thirteenth series of Agatha Christie's Poirot, first broadcast on 6 November 2013. The feature-length episode was based on the Agatha Christie short story collection of the same name and it was directed by Andy Wilson with script by Guy Andrews.


Hercule Poirot picks up on the trail of the ingenious thief Marascaud and with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police, he devises a trap for him: a painting by the thief's favourite artist will be displayed on the debutante ball for the young Lucinda Le Mesurier. Alas, the Swiss hotel becomes snowbound and not even Poirot can foresee the array of seemingly insoluble mysteries that are about to come.

Comparison with Original Story


  • David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
  • Patrick Ryecart as Sir Anthony Morgan
  • Rupert Evans as Harold Waring
  • Lorna Nickson Brown as Lucinda Le Mesurier
  • Stephen Frost as Chief Inspector
  • Isobel Middleton as Policewoman
  • Tom Chadbon as Dr. Burton
  • Tom Austen as Ted Williams
  • Fiona O'Shaughnessy as Katrina
  • Nicholas McGaughey as Inspector Lementeuil
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Schwartz
  • Morven Christie as Elsie Clayton
  • Sandy McDade as Mrs. Rice
  • Orla Brady as Countess Rossakoff
  • Nigel Lindsay as Francesco
  • Richard Katz as Gustave
  • Simon Callow as Dr. Lutz
  • Eleanor Tomlinson as Alice Cunningham

Tropes and themes

Filming Locations

  • Florin Court, Charterhouse Square, London - as Whitehaven Mansions
  • Syon House Great Conservatory, Syon Park, Brentford
  • Dent de Crolles, 38660 Plateau-des-Petites-Roches, France
  • Funicular of Saint Hilaire du Touvet, 1 Chem. du Polonais, 38660 Lumbin, France
  • Halton House, Aylesbury - background of the Alps superimposed to give the impression of being in Switzerland


Promotional Videos

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