Television just doesn’t get any better than this. Broadcast earlier this year as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery series and recently seen as part of ITV’s Christmas Day schedule in the UK, maybe a suggestion for New Year’s Eve viewing if you haven’t seen as of yet?
David Suchet has spent a lifetime playing Agatha Christie’s masterful detective, Hercule Poirot. Suchet points out in this recent interview, he and his wife Sheila celebrated that fateful day in 1989 when he was cast by boarding the Orient Express from Paris to Calais. It only took 21 years and 64 episodes for Suchet to finally tackle the murder case that took place on that famous train. This particular adaptation also starred Dame Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs), Toby Jones, David Morrissey, and Downton Abbey’s, Hugh Bonneville.
I’ve been a big, big fan David Suchet and the Poirot series over the years. Was especially good to read in the interview that despite the physical hardships of filming, Suchet’s interest remains just like it was day one, with what he describes as a fierce dedication to the character after all these years.
Excellent news that there more to come with six Agatha Christie books remaining to be filmed with scripts being developed as we speak. As Suchet puts it, “…I won’t have closure – that horrible word – until we film his death. After that I’ll probably be in Styles myself (the old people’s home where Poirot ends his days), watching all the reruns…”