It’s odd, really, given Dame Christie’s prominence and crossover popularity, that she hasn’t been more commonly filmed – at least on TV, if not the silver screen. Indeed, the late ’80s primarily saw her being adapted by the Americans (in updated versions of Murder is Easy and The Man in the Brown Suit) while the ’90s were given over almost exclusively to the Poirot and Marple series. The only modern British TV movie I’ve been able to track down and review until now was 2003’s Sparkling CyanideI would’ve thought that the novels would’ve been regular fodder for young writers armed with an ITV contract and two weeks’ filming time, but I suppose the Christie estate has other opinions. (And, it must be said, TV movies have a habit of updating the action to present-day, which is perfectly fine but might be challenging for some of Christie’s more class-conscious novels, and sometimes leads to the trashy feeling of the footballers and their wives in Sparkling Cyanide.) Today, however, I’m looking at that rare breed: a period TV film, adapted from a Christie novel, originally airing in the ’90s. Let’s take a look.

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A remarkably faithful adaptation brings David Suchet’s reign as Hercule Poirot to an end after almost 25 years (24 years and 10 months, to be precise!). This is far from the end of Agatha Christie on screen, but it certainly feels like a sad, sad day.

“Shots in the dark, Poirot. Shots in the dark.”

— Stephen Norton

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As the nights draw in, Hercule Poirot is back – for the penultimate time – in yet another fascinating take on a Christie book.

(I’m having a little problem with my screenshots at the moment, so please forgive the text-heavy review…)

“Better not to be a detective at all than a detective who has failed.”

— Hercule Poirot

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Poirot completeA word to the wise for those who have been asking: the complete series will be released on DVD on November 18th, and is now available for pre-order from Amazon and the usual outlets.

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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Who are the big four?

Who are the big four?

Well, mes amis, we are getting ever closer to the end of David Suchet’s glorious run as Hercule Poirot. Here, we delve into one of this year’s more unusual entries: The Big Four.

“You attract mayhem. Always have done.”

— Assistant Commissioner James Japp, to Poirot

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Welcome back, as we continue with the second of this year’s Marple mysteries: Greenshaw’s Folly.

“Everyone here’s a bit weird, aren’t they?”
— Archie Oxley

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