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The Labours of Hercules (#1204H) Duration: 1:30:47 STEREO TVPG

Poirot journeys to the Swiss Alps to lay a trap for an infamous art thief. Desperate to catch infamous art thief Marrascaud, the Metropolitan Police build what they imagine is a perfect trap. The Le Mesurier family is to announce the society debut of their beautiful daughter Lucinda, who will be wearing an exceptionally expensive diamond necklace. On display will be 'Hercules Vanquishing the Hydra', a priceless work by Marrascaud's favorite artist Van Druys. Last but not least, the great Hercule Poirot will be in attendance. How can Marrascaud resist? The results are catastrophic. Marrascaud pinches the painting and the jewels from beneath Poirot's nose, leaving behind the butchered body of Lucinda. Poirot is devastated and falls into a heavy depression. Dr Burton does all he can to revive the detective's spirits, but it is not until a lonely chauffeur begs the detective to find his missing true love, the maid of a famous Russian dancer, that Poirot feels he can return to his work. The quest for Nita takes Poirot to the Swiss Alps, where fate plays a hand: against all odds, Poirot has stumbled upon Hotel Olympos, now thought to be Marrascaud's hideout. As an avalanche cuts off access to the hotel, Poirot finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse with a villain he fears and despises. What is the secret of bedridden dancer Katrina Samoushenka and her missing maid? What are the true intentions of her Freudian therapist Dr Lutz? Why is Member of Parliament Harold Waring, dogged by salacious Fleet Street rumor, in hiding in Switzerland? Will Annabel Rice and her daughter Elsie Clayton escape the wrath of Elsie's abusive husband Philip? Is effusive Italian hotel owner Francesco to be trusted? Who is the enigmatic parlor-game enthusiast Schwartz? Just when it seems like the situation couldn't be more baffling (or more dangerous) there is another arrival at the hotel: none other than the jewel thief Countess Vera Rossakoff, whom Poirot has not encountered for over twenty years. This vivacious Russian emigre is the only woman to have stirred his heart - could she really be a killer? And what of her prodigious daughter, criminologist Alice Cunningham, and her ghastly bulldog Binky? Any one of these people could be Marrascaud - but is the disoriented Poirot in a fit state to tell psychology from stagecraft, passions from posture, fact from fiction - before his nemesis kills again?

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Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (#1205() Duration: 1:59:59 STEREO TVPG

After returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders. Confined to a wheelchair and crippled with arthritis, the now elderly Hercule Poirot is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings - back where it all began. Styles is the rambling country house where the pair first met 30 years ago, when Poirot was a refugee and Hastings a wounded soldier. It is also the home of their first murder investigation together - and is soon to be home to their last.
Since they last met, both have faced tragedy - Hastings is a widower, and Poirot has succumbed to a life-threatening heart condition. But the great detective's brain remains as sharp and active as ever, and he tells his loyal friend with utmost certainty that Styles is again harboring a killer - and it is simply a matter of time before the axe falls once more. The problem is, Poirot does not yet know the identity of murderer or victim, and his disability frustratingly prevents him from acting on his investigative impulses.
Poirot recruits Hastings to be his "eyes and ears", but as his health deteriorates and their fellow guests begin to fall victim to confounding attacks, Poirot grows increasingly anxious that he may finally have met his match. He must summon the last of his strength and push his "little grey cells" to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.

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The Plymouth Express (#303) Duration: 50:58 STEREO TVPG

When young heiress Florence Halliday is murdered en route to Plymouth the chief suspects are a couple of known gold-diggers: her reprobate ex-husband Rupert, and recent French admirer the Comte de la Rochefour. Poirot and Hastings retrace Florence's train journey to the West Country. A last siting of Florence seeking an evening paper provides Poirot with the clue he needs to solve her murder.

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How Does Your Garden Grow (#301) Duration: 51:40 STEREO TVPG

When elderly Amelia Barrowby is poisoned in her home, the obvious culprit seems to be her companion Katrina. Poirot and Hastings had met Amelia at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier that summer where a rose had been named after the great detective. Poirot hurries to Ameila's home where his new found interest in gardening pays off when he spots something fishy in Amelia's garden border.

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Wasps' Nest (#304) Duration: 51:12 STEREO TVPG

Captain Hastings finds intrigue and mystery in the picture when he experiments with a new camera at a garden fete he visits with Poirot and Inspector Japp. The Belgian sleuth is soon caught up in a tale of jealousy, revenge .... and wasps .... while Japp ends up in hospital with appendicitis.

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The Tragedy at Marsden Manor (#305) Duration: 51:40 STEREO TVPG

In his remote country house Jonathan Maltravers is recovering from an ulcer with the help of his much younger wife Susan. When one of the staff finds her husband's body under an oak tree, Susan swears that a ghost who haunts the tree is responsible. Poirot and Hastings are staying at a nearby hotel working on another case. Called to Marsdon Manor, Poirot soon deduces that Maltravers did not die of natural or supernatural causes!

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The Double Clue (#306) Duration: 49:46 STEREO TVPG

For the first time in his life, the genius Belgian detective, normally impervious to womanly wiles, falls in love. The object of his unaccustomed affection is a beautiful Russian, the Countess Vera Rossakoff, whom Poirot meets during his investigation into four high society jewel robberies. While Poirot's attention is captivated by the Countess, Hastings and Miss Lemon pursue their own misguided inquiries into the crimes.

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The Million Dollar Bond Robbery (#302) Duration: 51:23 STEREO TVPG

The future of the London and Scottish bank is riding on its million dollar shipment of Liberty Bonds to New York on the inaugural sailing of the Queen Mary. Poirot faces one of the most difficult decisions of his career - can he overcome the dreadful curse of sea-sickness to accompany the bonds and ensure their safe passage?

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The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (#307) Duration: 51:30 STEREO TVPG

On a visit to the opera, Poirot is approached by Lady Chatterton who asserts that the life of her friend, Marguerite Clayton, is threatened by her jealous husband. Edward Clayton is suspicious about a relationship between his wife and the handsome Major Rich. At a party thrown by Rich, the grizzly discovery is made of Edward Clayton's body in a large ornate chest. Is the Major guilty? Only Poirot is able to uncover the truth.

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TV Technical Issues

    TV Technical Issues
    • KQED all channels, planned overnight maintenance: early Fri 12/19 midnight-6am

      (this includes all DT9, DT54 and DT25 channels, along with all paid services) We will be doing upgrade and maintenance work in our Master Control area during the overnight hours of late Thurs/early Fri 12/19. Work will begin shortly after midnight early Friday, which may last until 6am, though we hope to finish earlier. This […]

    • KQED Plus OTA – Optimistically planned maintenance: Fri 12/05 mid-morning

      (DT54.1 thru 54.5) Assuming that the weather and road conditions permit, we plan to do a bit of maintenance on our KQEH transmitter the morning of Friday 12/05… hopefully 10am-11am-ish, but could be a bit later. Most of the work should not affect the outgoing signal, but there will need to be a cable swap […]

    • Mon 11/03/14: Work on KQED Plus tower (DT54)

      Another station needs to do maintenance on its equipment on the tower on Monument Peak, requiring that we switch our DT54 Over the Air signal from the main antenna to the auxiliary when the work starts, then back to the main antenna at the conclusion. These switches should cause momentary outages only, and most receivers […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

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