Emma Hamilton as Sally Legge

Emma Hamilton as Sally Legge

Welcome back, mes amis, as we head to the beautiful surrounds of Agatha Christie’s real-life Greenway Estate for a new adaptation of her late novel, Dead Man’s Folly.

“It’s better to be rich, isn’t it?”

— Lady Hattie Stubbs

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Welcome back, dear readers.  David Suchet has returned for the final series of Poirot films, which will be released infrequently over the next several months. Let’s take a look at the first of the five, Elephants Can Remember.

“And love it may usually turn to hate. And it is easier to hate where you have once loved than to remain indifferent.”

— Hercule Poirot

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 Following on from the success of ITV’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? and The Seven Dials Mystery, the network’s next foray into Christie was this ten-part series, The Agatha Christie Hour, which took lesser-known Christie stories – rarely murder mysteries – and gave them the one-hour TV treatment.

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And so, more than twenty years after he began in the role, David Suchet returns for four more Poirot films: Three Act Tragedy, The Clocks, Hallowe’en Party and Murder on the Orient Express. Below, I’ll look at each of them in detail, as well as considering the dramatic evolution of the series. Tomorrow, I’ll mull through some hopes and prayers for the program’s final series, which is currently in the midst of negotiation. (Update: as of January 2012, the series has been renewed.)

(For previous posts, see: series 1 – 6, series 7 – 8, series 9, series 10 – 11).

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After two big-budget, all-star Poirot films, Peter Ustinov‘s series took an unexpected turn into that dreaded genre: the TV movie. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it also helpfully shifts the entire tone and chronology of the films, for good measure! Today, I’ll be looking at the next two films in Ustinov’s Poirot sextet:

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#8 - Cards on the Table8. Cards on the Table (1936)

Hercule Poirot #14

In one room: Poirot and his friends play bridge. In the other: Mr. Shaitana and his exhibits play murder.

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Hello again, kind readers. We’re nearing the end of my Agatha Christie rankings and reviews. Today, we’ll revisit five classic Christie novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, as we climb ever closer to the top. (The last five reviews are here.)

Let’s begin…

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