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Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV programme)

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Agatha Christie's Poirot

This program focuses on the cases of Agatha Christie's fictional character, Hercules Poirot. It first aired in January 1989 and ended in November 2013. There are 13 seasons and a total of 70 episodes, all based on Agatha Christie's novels and stories, which feature the famous fictional detective. The show adapted each of short story and novel where Poirot is the main character and adapted them for television.

Cast of the show

The main cast of the show includes David Suchet as Hercules Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Captain Arthur Hasting, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector James Japp, Pauline Moran as Felicity Lemon, and Zoe Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver.

Throughout the series and the years, a number of other well known and well respected actors played in the series. The casting over the years was quite impressive.

Here are some examples: Emily Blunt; Michael Fassbender; Damian Lewis; Aiden Gillen; Joely Richardson; just to name a few.

Poirot and Hastings

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David Suchet as Hercules Poirot

When it came to casting the role of the fictional detective, Christie's family recommended David Suchet for the role, after seeing him in the television adaption of Tom Sharpe's "Blott on the Landscape." They felt that he would be well suited for the role.

David Suchet did his homework, as he read every novel and short story with Poirot as the protagonist and wrote down every description of the detective. He took the time to study the character and learn as much as he could about him.

In 2013, David Suchet was in a 50 minute documentary, Being Poirot, which looks at unraveling the appeal of the detective and his portrayal of the character. It was aired right after the final episode Curtains was broadcasted in the United Kingdom.

Reception of the show

The program was well received by many, including Agatha Christie's family. The writer's grandson, Matthew Prichard, has said that he regrets that his grandmother never got to see David Suchet as Hercules Poirot. Prichard believes that Suchet is the most convincing Poirot. This is definitely a nice compliment coming from the author's grandson.

In 2008, some thought that the episodes were drifting slightly away from the show's original format, although it wouldn't seem that these comments were meant in a negative way.

Around this time, the writers did receive some praise for emphasis some darker psychological elements and more lavish productions.

It would seem that there were some good comments as well as noticing some of the changes that were done. It wasn't all negative.

My review

I happened to find the show quite by accident, when I was in university, around 2007-2008. The first episode I came across was "Five Little Pigs". I was intrigued, so I watched the episode and I was hooked. Since then, I've watched every episode. Although not entirely in order, I'll admit.

Prior to discovering this series, I had only seen one other adaption of Hercules Poirot. It was the 1974 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express with Albert Finney as the Belgian detective. Otherwise, I had seen no other adaption of any Poirot book.

As much as this 1974 adaption was true to the book, I certainly feel that David Suchet portrays the detective beautifully. He certainly embodies Poirot, in my opinion. I can certainly believe that he studied the character and wanted to do the character justice. I can certainly agree with what Christie's grandson said about Suchet's portrayal.

I have certainly enjoyed this adaption of the Poirot novels and short stories. Not only does Suchet portray Poirot so well, but the episodes are well written, well cast, and just well done overall, in my opinion.

These are the adaptions that I've enjoyed the most and would certainly recommend these versions to anyone, who are fans of the famous Belgian detective, Hercules Poirot.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dominique Cantin-Meaney

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