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Agatha Christie's Poirot - 10/4/2007 7:04:12 PM   
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This has to be the best Detective series ever?  No?  57 stories filmed and aired so far, out of a possible 73 stories Agatha Christie wrote.  I'm hoping they manage to do they all.  David Suchet is just brilliant in this role.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 10/4/2007 9:21:02 PM   
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Great production values.  The one quibble I have (and I realise it probably reflects the books which I have never read) I miss Captain Hasting who used to be a good sidekick but no longer seems to appear. 

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 11/4/2007 9:57:19 PM   
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Although there have had characters appear in stories which they shouldn't, Hastings, Jabb and Miss Lemon don't actually appear in most of the later Poirot book either.  I do think the show has suffered greatly from their absense.  I also miss the original theme music. 

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 10/9/2008 6:38:53 PM   
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For the less observant Poirot fans out there, I'd like to point out that three new adventures shall be broadcast from this Sunday, beginning with Mrs McGinty's Dead.  More info here.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 4:11:21 PM   
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New Poirot being broadcast this evening!

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 4:19:42 PM   
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I love a bit of Poirot, you always get some great actors appearing too and yes, Suchet is excellent. The only Christie book I've actually read is Murder on the Orient Express, which I've don't think they've done for TV yet. In an interview in last year's Christmas Radio Times Suchet said that he'd be up for doing them all.

I've watched a little bit of the new Marple too. It's really not a patch, but I've heard they've taken serious liberties with the source text. For those who know the books, is the the same with Poirot?

Also ITV 4 is always showing repeats of this and it's a great way to fill in a bit of spare time.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 4:24:31 PM   
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I love a bit of Poirot, you always get some great actors appearing too and yes, Suchet is excellent. The only Christie book I've actually read is Murder on the Orient Express, which I've don't think they've done for TV yet. In an interview in last year's Christmas Radio Times Suchet said that he'd be up for doing them all.

I've watched a little bit of the new Marple too. It's really not a patch, but I've heard they've taken serious liberties with the source text. For those who know the books, is the the same with Poirot?

Also ITV 4 is always showing repeats of this and it's a great way to fill in a bit of spare time.


Murder on the Orient Express was film quite sometime ago but still hasn't been aired in the UK. Apparently, there are only 6 stories left to be adapted. I really hope that they get to finish, having made 62 already, but the series may become of ITV cuts, being rather expensive to make.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 6:58:44 PM   
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I expect they're saving Murder on the Orient Express for Christmas/New Year. ITV haven't really got much else going for them to make a fuss of.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 7:25:09 PM   
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The ITV Poirot is faithful for the most part in text and character.

The ITV Marple is a joke and bog all to do with the Christie character - it's appalling. But get the Joan Hickson stuff - that's the Marple equivalent of Suchet's Poirot.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 27/10/2010 7:43:14 PM   
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Yeah, I've saw quite a few of the Hickson's when I was younger, good memories from that.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/10/2010 4:34:14 PM   
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I'd rate the ITV Holmes' above Poirot, but that's probably just personal taste between the authors as much as the adaptations. I read many Christie's and Poirot's when I was younger and he was one of my least favourite characters of a quite over-rated crime novelist imo.

Having said that, the adaptations are quite faultless and even when some of the stories aren't great the art deco porn is worth the viewing alone.

Anyone remember Francesca Annis as Tuppence in the Partner's in Crime series from the early 80s. If they are running out of Poirots it must be time to bring these back.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/10/2010 6:55:04 PM   
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If you wander through the lower reaches of the Programme Guide for daytime viewing you'll find Tommy and Tuppence are regular repeats there. I was never a fan of those stories or the books though. There's even a series based on one-off stories from Christie too I think.

I thought the Hallowe'en one was really well done, one of the best of the series. The acting was pretty superb as well - the capture of the odd Poirot is just so well done, especially in the quieter moments when he's expressing sympathy with the bereaved. And Deborah Findlay was superb.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 31/10/2010 5:36:18 PM   
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Did I imagine it or did I see Mark Gatiss listed as writer for that episode?

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 31/10/2010 7:42:08 PM   
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You didn't imagine it

Apt, given the subject matter.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 29/12/2010 6:06:09 PM   
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Well who saw Murder on the Orient Express? I enjoyed it, though I thought that they played it on the assumption that EVERYONE knew the outcome, lots of knowing looks and hints. It was very well shot, captured the coldness and claustrophobia very well, also a very Suchet-centric episode. Although I've read the book a few years back, I don't remember it being so much about the moral battle Poirot seemed to face, in this, they seemed to emphasis his Catholicism and issues of guilt and vengeance a lot.

One the down side, because of the style, no one in the supporting cast really stood out for me. Perhaps ITV did this deliberately as they assumed that most people would automatically make comparisons with the film and didn't relish going head to head. It was always going to a difficult one in that sense.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 29/12/2010 7:35:47 PM   
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Although it wasn't in the book I wondered if, perhaps, as they are nearing the last few adaptations (if not almost there), that they might be trailing the issues raised in Curtains.

I found this just a little dry. I agree that they seemed to assume you knew - from the moment she asked 'did you see who was getting on the train' it seemed clear. Which was terribly unfair IMO. I thought Toby Jones was a good Ratchett, but very few of the others had a lot to do and it seemed a waste of people like Morrissey and Bonneville. Bit disappointing.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 29/12/2010 7:48:59 PM   
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I have to agree. I found it a little bland and Suchet's performance felt a little bit like the passion he onc seemed to feel for the character has drained away.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 29/12/2010 8:47:34 PM   
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Perhaps it was really down to being over aware of the film version?

I thought the closest he was to the Poirot he'd created was his observation of the stoning at the very start- that was quite affecting.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/12/2010 12:28:50 AM   
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Perhaps it was really down to being over aware of the film version?




I think that played a huge part, certainly the lack of engagement from the rest of the passengers, it seemed as if they wanted to distance themselves from the film by ensuring that they didn't try anything above their station (ba boom tish). I did enjoy the candle light carriage at the end though, can't recall if that was in the film or not (it's a good while since I've seen the whole thing).

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/12/2010 12:35:18 AM   
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On a related note I was flicking today when I came across Dead Man's Folly, the 1986 Ustinov version, which from the heaving, t-shirted, bosom of the victim to the Wham! inspired haircut of the young, rich, yacht owning suspect, was just all kinds of wrong.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/12/2010 2:00:33 AM   
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Never had much affection for Murder on the Orient Express as a book - it always left the feeling of being a cheap parlour trick - but I found this version about passable. I disagree with the comment about Suchet lacking passion. I found him rather intense. It was much better than the hideous Sidney Lumet film version in the 1970's, but it fell into the same trap of relying on a procession of "famous faces" rather than decent characterisation.

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On a related note I was flicking today when I came across Dead Man's Folly, the 1986 Ustinov version, which from the heaving, t-shirted, bosom of the victim to the Wham! inspired haircut of the young, rich, yacht owning suspect, was just all kinds of wrong.

Caught some of that. Absolutely terrible. Ustinov has always been my least favourite Poirot. Great raconteur, Ustinov, but a terrible Belgian.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/12/2010 10:42:12 AM   
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THe only thing I tend to remember from Dead Man's Folly is that it was the only other thing that young chap from V turned up in

I think Ustinov had some moments - I think Evil Under the SUn was best although there were some nice touches in Death on the Nile, although more of the comedic value. I particularly love his popping up from behind the bar offering creme de cassis

I think, in a way, they are kind of what the atrocious Marple rip-offs on ITV are aiming for, but failing miserably even at that.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 30/12/2010 5:24:03 PM   
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I thought their version of Murder on the Orient Express was great. David Suchet's Poirot demonstrated a greater range than ever before. I'm just glad that it's been saved from cancellation and that they'll be filming the final stories next year!

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 31/12/2010 9:46:05 AM   
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I thought their version of Murder on the Orient Express was great. David Suchet's Poirot demonstrated a greater range than ever before. I'm just glad that it's been saved from cancellation and that they'll be filming the final stories next year!



I really enjoyed it as well and it was nice to see Poirot as torn up in this one. Made for quite emotional viewing. I liked it much better that last years Xmas special I think it was which seemed hammy and a bit boring.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 26/12/2011 5:14:53 PM   
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The Clocks, 9pm tonight, ITV1.

edit: Rawls alert, this one has Geoffrey Palmer in it.

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RE: Agatha Christie's Poirot - 21/12/2012 6:20:58 PM   
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I don't follow this in any consistent way as I never really look for it in the schedule listings. Like some of you, I didn't think much of last year's version of the Orient. Should check out some more.

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