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Mystery!; Poirot, Series VIII: Dumb Witness


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Poirot, Series VIII: Dumb Witness
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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David Suchet returns as Agatha Christie's incomparable Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, in two new mysteries. Hugh Fraser stars as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackson stars as Inspector Japp. "Dumb Witness"--Poirot and Hastings arrive at Lake Windermere to see Charles Arundel break the speed record in his boat, when the Tripp sisters tell Poirot they've had a supernatural warning that Charles' life is in danger. As they watch, there's an explosion on the boat, but Charles escapes unhurt. The sisters then warn that Emily, Charles' aunt, is in danger. That night Emily apparently slips on a dog's toy and falls down the stairs. Unhurt but afraid, she takes Poirot's advice and changes her will to protect herself. When she's found dead, Poirot puts his "little grey cells" to work to solve the case.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Poirot, Series VIII: Dumb Witness,” 10/31/1996, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F3050C3D5D3B43E49F20C78A6D90BA09.
MLA: “Mystery!; Poirot, Series VIII: Dumb Witness.” 10/31/1996. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F3050C3D5D3B43E49F20C78A6D90BA09>.
APA: Mystery!; Poirot, Series VIII: Dumb Witness. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F3050C3D5D3B43E49F20C78A6D90BA09
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