Poirot: Mrs Mcginty’s Dead
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.