As Hercule Poirot sifts through his post one particular
morning, he alights upon a letter from an elderly and (as
it transpires), exceedingly rich spinster - Miss Emily Arundell.
She is clearly in great distress and seeking his help, but
doesn't say why. Her only specific mention is 'the incident
of the dog's ball'. However, what intrigues Poirot is the
date of the communication - it was written two months ago.
He persuades Captain Hastings that they must visit the lady
with all haste. On arrival, they discover that she has died,
apparently of natural causes. But Bob, Miss Arundell's devoted
wire-haired terrier, knows better. And so, soon, does Poirot...
Witness was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December
2006 and stars John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot and Simon Williams
as Captain Hastings. The mystery unfolds over two CDs, as
Poirot takes it upon himself to look into a crime after a
rich spinster, who has written to him asking for help, winds
her death doesn't look suspicious, Poirot is not convinced
that foul play isn't involved, and sets about trying to piece
together the puzzle in order to satisfy his gut feeling. As
you'd expect, he is correct, but who did what and why? All
is revealed over time in Poirot's own trademark style.
a whole, this dramatisation is pretty impressive - although,
the music was a little on the kitsch side. The whole production
would have benefited greatly from some mood music in the background
and a better theme score.
CD collection proves, once again, why the BBC is still at
the forefront of radio dramatisations, and why, even after
her death, Agatha Christie is still the world's greatest crime