Suchet closes in on Poirot’s last case

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THE cur­tain is com­ing down on David Suchet’s long-run­ning por­trayal of Bel­gian sleuth Her­cule Poirot af­ter the ac­tor signed up to star in the fi­nal five sto­ries fea­tur­ing the de­tec­tive. Suchet (pic­tured right) has played the part of Agatha Christie’s fa­mous cre­ation for 22 years and starred in 65 films. Five new films, based on a mix­ture of nov­els and short sto­ries, will go into pro­duc­tion next year. ‘‘I’m more than de­lighted to be repris­ing my role as Poirot,’’ Suchet says. 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. What en­dears me to him the most is his end­less love of peo­ple. And for all his faults he is one of the great­est lis­ten­ers in lit­er­a­ture. ’’ The new films in­clude Cur­tain, which is Poirot’s last case and sees the de­tec­tive, im­mo­bilised with arthri­tis, call on his old friend Cap­tain Hast­ings to help him as they re­turn to the scene of their first-ever case to try to pre­vent an­other mur­der. The lat­est Poirot film to be made, Clocks, will be broad­cast in the UK for Christ­mas and fea­tures Phil Daniels, Jaime Win­stone and Les­ley Sharp among the sup­port­ing cast. It also fea­tures award­win­ning ac­tress Anna Massey, who died this year, in one of her last roles.

Poirot: Com­ing in 2012, ABC1, 13th Street

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