Poirot: Mrs Mcginty’s Dead

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, 13th Street David Suchet’s Poirot is a main­stay of this agree­able and dis­cern­ingly pro­grammed payTV mys­tery chan­nel. It’s a place where you can al­ways turn for a quick dip in crime’s dark wa­ters. These stylish, witty and evoca­tive screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s nov­els not only helped the queen of crime re­tain her crown but gave new lus­tre to one of her most fa­mous char­ac­ters. They also il­lus­trate Christie’s un­der­rated grasp of psy­chol­ogy: in the early days of psy­chi­a­try her nov­els were in fact dis­turb­ing pro­files of crim­i­nal­ity when it was lit­tle un­der­stood. Her nov­els, su­perbly adapted in this long-run­ning se­ries, com­bine the baroque in­ge­nu­ity of the draw­ing room mys­tery with de­tailed psy­cho­log­i­cal sus­pense. Her­cule Poirot’s fa­mous ‘‘ lit­tle grey cells’’ are just as in­tu­itive when it comes to ther­apy as they are at de­duc­tion. In this fine episode Suchet’s Poirot in­ves­ti­gates the death of a clean­ing woman in the vil­lage of Broad­hin­ney. James Bent­ley (Joe Ab­solom) has been sen­tenced to death for her murder but there are doubts. still sleepy town found it­self the nerve cen­tre of the Pa­cific war ef­fort, play­ing host to 100,000 US mil­i­tary per­son­nel. But as Robin­son dis­cov­ers, the for­mer con­vict colony found it­self chang­ing, and the pace of progress has barely slowed since. He’s fas­ci­nated by Queens­land’s tra­di­tional con­ser­vatism and the way the state once played host to a white South African rugby team at the height of the apartheid era in the face of in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion.

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