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Death on the Nile 

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.


Andy Wilson


Agatha Christie (novel), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
James Fox ... Colonel Race
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Jacqueline De Bellefort (as Emma Malin)
JJ Feild ... Simon Doyle
Emily Blunt ... Linnet Ridgeway
Judy Parfitt ... Miss Van Schuyler
Daisy Donovan ... Cornelia Robson
Barbara Flynn ... Mrs Allerton
Daniel Lapaine ... Tim Allerton
David Soul ... Andrew Pennington
Frances de la Tour ... Salome Otterbourne (as Frances De La Tour)
Zoe Telford ... Rosalie Otterbourne
Alastair Mackenzie ... Ferguson
Steve Pemberton ... Dr Bessner
George Antoni George Antoni ... Cruise Manager (as George Yiasoumi)


While on their honeymoon in Egypt, newlyweds Simon Doyle and Linett Ridgeway are constantly harassed by Simon's ex-fiancée Jackie De Bellefort who feels her ex-best friend has stolen the love of her life. A holidaying Hercule Poirot counsels Jackie to put an end to her antics, fearing that all of this can only end in tragedy. When one of the passengers is killed while on a cruise down the Nile, Poirot must sift through an odd assortment of passengers, all of whom may have something to hide. There is Linett's financial advisor from the US, her French maid who clearly has something to hide, the Austrian doctor who keeps mostly to himself and the left leaning philosopher who despises the rich. Written by garykmcd

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English | Italian

Release Date:

12 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Valley of kings, Luxor, Egypt See more »


Box Office


GBP2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (14 episodes)


Color (Kodak Vision Negative Film.)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elliott Gould was asked to play Andrew Pennington. He would soon after go on to play Rufus Van Aldin in "Poirot: Mystery of the Blue Train" instead. See more »


We see Poirot leaving what is a very spacious cabin for on-board ship. As soon as he is outside the door, we see that the adjacent cabin door is very close. That cabin must be like Doctor Who's Tardis - much bigger on the inside than on the outside. See more »


Ferguson: Some lunatic's about to take power in Germany and all we read about is how some spoilt brat stole her best friend's fiance.
Rosalie Otterbourne: Some people have everything.
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Version of Death on the Nile (1978) See more »


I Won't Dance'
Composed by Jerome Kern
[first dance at Egypt hotel]
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Very well done adaptation of a complicated and superb book, but I prefer the Peter Ustinov film only marginally
19 January 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The book Death on the Nile is long and complicated, but superb all the same, and one of my favourite Christies. The Peter Ustinov film is one of the better outings of his as while it wasn't completely faithful, it boasted a superb cast and it was sumptuous to look at. This adaptation for me is slightly inferior to the Ustinov film, and the only one of two to make me feel that way (the other is Evil Under the Sun). Starting with the pros first, it is breathtaking to look at. The Egyptian scenery and the costume and set designs were top draw, the script captured the style of the book perfectly and the music was excellent. And the acting was great, David Suchet is impeccable as Poirot, and Emma Malin is a superb Jackie, gorgeous and expressive. Frances DeLa Tour gives a first rate performance as Salome Otterborne, the same character that Angela Lansbury overplayed so deliciously in the 1978 film. In fact the only weak performance came from Emily Blunt as Linnette, she looked the part (more than Lois Chiles I'd say) but she wasn't quite bitchy enough. As a matter of fact, neither Blunt or Chiles quite nailed Linnette quite right. And there are slight improvements over the 1978 film too, one is that the pacing is faster, the other is that it is more faithful to the book, the murders are closer to the ones in the book and the ending done in Romeo and Juliet style is closer too. However, there are one or two flaws, namely the direction from Andy Wilson, it wasn't absolutely abysmal, but it wasn't quite as efficient or as suspenseful as it could've been. Also there were times where I felt that I had been told too much too early, and this was a similar problem I had with Murder on the Links. All in all, this is a very good episode. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

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