One of the most poignant ‘behind-the-scenes’ docs is coming to public television stations this August from Acorn Media. Being Poirot, which recounts Sir David Suchet’s last days as that ‘funny little man’ born in the mind of Agatha Christie, will leave long-time viewers of the Poirot series just as gutted as David Suchet was during the final days of filming. Having invested a quarter of a century of his acting career in his portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the doc gives brilliant insight into how the consummate actor transforms into his ‘imaginary friend’ for the final time and how playing Poirot during those final scenes was the ‘hardest of his career’.
Being Poirot will, at long last, make its way to public television stations in August along with the final five episodes which will complete the entire Agatha Christie collection of stories ever written for her creation. The Big Four and Dead Man’s Folly will air on PBS on Sunday, July 27 and August 3 while the final three episodes, Labours of Hercules, Elephants Can Remember and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case will head to public television stations beginning in November 2014.
As part of the Being Poirot broadcast, viewers will be treated to some really amazing insights from Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard. We had the great good fortune to spend time in Albany, NY last week at WMHT, the PBS station in upstate New York, with Prichard, who also handles his grandmother’s estate and ‘all-things Agatha Christie‘, during taping.
During our interview, Prichard shared insights as to how Hercule Poirot came to be in the brilliant writings of Agatha Christie, the incredible level of detail in which Sir David Suchet prepared when creating his impeccable on-screen version of the famous Belgian detective and speculated on what his grandmother might have actually thought had she ever met the man who spent 25 years of his acting life bringing her creation to life on the small screen.
Look for Being Poirot, from Acorn Media, on a public television station near you beginning in August with the first of the final five episodes beginning Sunday, July 27 on PBS.