The bad news? America is dangerously close to the final five broadcasts of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series starring Sir David Suchet. Over the last 25 years, Suchet will have played the Belgian detective in every Poirot story ever written by Christie, 66 to be exact.
The good news? There are still approximately 20 short stories that are as yet to be filmed for Miss Jane Marple. Over the years, the small screen adaptations have seen Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie portray the popular sleuth. September will see three new Agatha Christie Miss Marple programs make their way to PBS following a three-year hiatus. Beginning September 21, Julia McKenzie will don Marple’s trademark tweeds for her third stint as the crime-solving consulting detective in A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw’s Folly and Endless Night. McKenzie will star alongside Oliver Ford Davies, Anthony Sher, and Hermione Norris in A Caribbean Mystery on September 21 as Miss Marple battles a bit of intrigue and black magic while lending her talents to the local Caribbean police force to solve a murder while on holiday. Also on September 21, Greenshaw’s Folly will combine two Christie short stories, Greenshaw’s Folly and The Thumb Mark of St. Peter and will co-star Fiona Shaw, Judy Parfitt, Julia Sawalha and Kimberley Nixon.
The final program, Endless Night, which will air on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! series on September 28, has long been considered one of Christie’s personal favorites. Interestingly, the book did not originally include the Miss Marple character. The Kevin Elyot small screen adaptation also stars Tom Hughes (Silk), Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise) and Wendy Craig (Butterflies, Reggie Perrin, The Royal) which tells the story of a young couple who ignore the warnings of a gypsy and build a dream home on allegedly cursed land.
Which actor do you think does the best Miss Marple?