Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Poirot's Finale

David Suchet CBE is to star in ITV's final five films based on Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth, Poirot.

The actor has played the character for the past 22 years starring in 65 films.

The new films, based on the remaining Poirot novels and short stories which have yet to be adapted, will begin production in 2012.

It includes Curtain, which is the detective's last tale and sees him return to the scene of his first case in a bid to prevent another murder.

Suchet said:
"I'm more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot. It's been my life's ambition to bring this amazing canon of works to completion. Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated character and I've always loved playing him. He's considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he's so vain and pedantic! For all his faults he is one of the greatest listeners in literature. I've been so fortunate to play him."

The other four films will be Labours of Hercules, Dead Man's Folly, The Big Four and Elephants Can Remember.

Mathew Prichard, chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and the author's grandson, said:
"It is tremendous to renew our partnership with ITV and David Suchet as Poirot, and these five films will be a magnificent climax to over 20 years of David's portrayal of Hercule Poirot."
 ITV's Michele Buck added:
"We can promise the final five Poirot films will be a fitting tribute to a much-loved literary character. When the ending comes it'll be very dramatic and incredibly emotional. We've been on a remarkable journey with Poirot."
Clocks, the most recent Poirot film to be made, will be broadcast on ITV this Christmas and features Phil Daniels, Jaime Winstone and Lesley Sharp among the supporting cast.

It also features the late Anna Massey CBE (Mrs Jeremy Brett), who died earlier this year [2011], in one of her final roles.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I hope he cheers up a bit for these - he looked thoroughly miserable in the last one! Not like the old Poirot at all. VC