The ABC Murders was aired in Season Four Episode 1 of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, a British television series broadcasted from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013 with a runtime of 103 minutes. The series is made up of 13 seasons of 70 episodes in total; each episode was adapted from a novel or short story by Christie. This episode was produced by London Weekend Television Productions, Picture Partnership Productions. The story is based on the homonymous novel by Agatha Christie, adapted by Clive Exton and directed by Andrew Grieve. It was released in the UK on 5 January 1992 starring David Suchet as Hercule Porior with Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Donald Sumpter, Donald Douglas, Nicholas Farrell, Pippa Guard, Cathryn Bradshaw, Nina Marc, David McAlister, Vivienne Burgess, Ann Windsor, Michael Mellinger, Miranda Forbes, Peter Penry-Jones, Lucinda Curtis, Jeremy Hawk, Allan Mitchell, Philip Anthony, Andrew Williamson, John Breslin, Clifford Milner, Claude Close, Alex Knight, David Fox, Campbell Graham, Gordon Salkilld, Norman McDonald, and Jane Birdsall in supporting roles.
Synopsis: Three bodies are found. Beside each lies a copy of the ABC Railway Guide. The police are baffled. But the killer has made one mistake. He has challenged Hercule Poirot to unmask him.
My take:I recently had the opportunity to view this 1992 TV film again, probably one of my favourite episodes in the series. It does follow quite accurately the novel’s plot.