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Before he rejoins the cast and crew for the final five episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, star David Suchet took on the role of Hercule Poirot in a live performance of Christie’s play, Black Coffee, for the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. You can read a review of the performance here.

Although Christie adapted several Poirot novels into plays, she often excised the character entirely – for instance, in The Hollow – and Black Coffee is the only ‘canonical’ Poirot story to have been first and only theatre. (Well, under Christie’s pen at least: Charles Osborne has since novelised it.)

What a treat it must have been for the cast, audience, and Mr. Suchet himself – an expert now, after 25 years of playing the Belgian – particularly since Black Coffee is one of only two official Poirot stories that will not be part of the series when complete. (One short story, the Sherlock Holmes-inspired The Lemesurier Inheritance, wasn’t able to fit into the schedule either.) A shame we couldn’t all be there to watch!

(The final series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot begins filming in October.)

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After spending much of 2013 watching oh, so many Agatha Christie adaptations, I decided to put together a list of all her novels and short story collections, and whether and when they have been adapted for film. I’ll attempt to keep this updated as new information comes to mind; it appears in 2018 we have entered another new era of adaptations for the Queen of Crime. See below:

(list updated – August 2018)

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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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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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Welcome back, as we continue reviewing the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. (For previous posts, see: series 1 – 6, series 7 – 8, series 9). Read on …

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Welcome back, as we delve into the Agatha Christie Top Ten. I’m going to go one at a time from here on out, since hopefully I’ll have plenty to say about each book. (The last five reviews are here, or check out the complete list.)

Let’s begin…

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