Belgian Upskirt Scandal!

Finally caught Amara Karan’s episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, “Cat Among the Pigeons”, which encompasses international espionage and murder at a private girls’ school. The script was adapted from the original novel by the mighty, multi-talented Mark Gatiss (of League of Gentlemen and Dr Who fame), which probably explains why it was such an enjoyable romp, even for a casual viewer like myself. Personally, I’ve never had much fondness for Hercule Poirot, and his syntax most unusual… his tendency to refer to himself in the third person is also rather grating. Give me a shabby, self-deprecating Columbo any day of the week… but preferably on a Sunday afternoon! Having never read the book this drama was based on, I can’t say for sure which elements were added by Gatiss, and which were simply amplified or updated… but I find it hilarious that one major plot-point revolved around the school’s Matron confiscating a push-up bra from Karan’s character (‘Princess Shaista’), and another involved Poirot looking up the seated girl’s skirt to spot a vital clue. Lordy!

Julia & JenniferUnfortunately, for reasons I won’t go into, Karan isn’t on screen a great deal, aside from these few, fleeting appearances… so thank goodness the rest of cast is so stacked with familiar faces. Two of the teachers are played by Elizabeth Berrington (Moving Wallpaper) and Amanda Abbington (manstrokewoman), while one of the parents is played by Pippa Haywood (Green Wing)… still, for my money, the “Best Performance” award has to go to Lois Edmett, in her first (and, to date, only) professional acting appearance. She plays ‘Julia Upjohn’, schoolgirl-turned-amateur-sleuth, breezing her way through all sorts of old timey slang, while eagerly quizzing Poirot on his most grisly cases, and aiding his investigation with the canny “can-do” spirit of an Enid Blyton heroine. By rights she should have had her own Nancy Drew-style spin-off series… as it is, she apparently retired from the business at the tender age of 16. Now that really is a crime.

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