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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Well, great news, folks: although it remains in negotation, David Suchet seems ever more optimistic that the remaining Poirot novels will be filmed in 2012. It’s been a long road, as period films don’t come cheap, particularly not when commanding the kind of cast and attention to detail expected. (Suchet is, wonderfully, a purist, who obsesses over the little things – perfectly cast, I’d say!) With the rise and fall of period drama being a regular fixture since television began, it was no surprise that Poirot would face uphill battles and, since the series debuted in 1989, it’s certainly had to fight to stay on the air. Thankfully, it looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

[THIS JUST IN: Thanks to the wonderful commenter below, who alerted me to the recent news that Suchet WILL get his wish: five final Poirot films will be made in 2012 and 2013.]

So, I thought I’d muse on what we can expect should Suchet get his wish:

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Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon

Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon

Greetings, kind readers. Today, I thought I’d offer further thoughts on ITV’s long-running series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. I discussed the first six series in an earlier post, so today I’m going to cover the four movies that comprise series seven and eight.

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Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings

Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings

Greetings, kind readers. Since I started this project, my mind has kept hurling new ideas at me, so I figure I’ll just keep mixing things up. Today, I’ll review the early years of the now-classic ITV series, and we’ll be back with some more book reviews tomorrow.

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