HAST­INGS’ HIGH­LIGHTS

Crime Scene - - AGATHA CHRISTIE SPECIAL -

THE MYS­TE­RI­OUS AF­FAIR AT STYLES (Se­ries 3)

“Hast­ings is stay­ing in Styles Court be­cause he’s been wounded in the first war. The lady of the house gets mur­dered and Hast­ings just hap­pens to bump into Poirot at the post of­fice, be­cause he’s there as a refugee. Hast­ings asks him to get in­volved and he does – he solves the case.”

MUR­DER IN ME­SOPOTAMIA (Se­ries 8)

“We filmed in Tu­nisia in Au­gust and the tem­per­a­ture reached 45 de­grees on some days. I felt very sorry for David, who re­ally suf­fered from the heat, un­der the pad­ding that he wore for the role. The weather was beau­ti­ful for [pre­vi­ous episode] ‘Evil Un­der the Sun’, filmed on Burgh Is­land in Devon.”

THE ABC MUR­DERS (Se­ries 4)

“We’re dis­cussing the case in the kitchen. I’m wash­ing the dishes and hand­ing them to him to dry, and sub­tly – every sec­ond or third dish – he looks at it and puts it back into the wash­ing basin for me to do again without me notic­ing. It’s a nice com­ment on Poirot’s ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der and Hast­ings’ more laid-back at­ti­tude.”

CURTAIN (Se­ries 13)

“The very last scene be­tween Hast­ings and Poirot, where Poirot’s fad­ing fast, feel­ing he hasn’t done things right, hav­ing his bit of self-re­proach. Hast­ings re­as­sures him – he says ‘No, you’re a good man’. I found that very mov­ing to play. David played it so well and so con­vinc­ingly, and not only while the cam­era was turn­ing. A very mov­ing day.”

MUR­DER ON THE LINKS (Se­ries 6)

“They’re in Deauville in the ho­tel and this singer ap­pears – Hast­ings gets com­pletely starstruck by her. Hast­ings fre­quently fell in love at first sight and then was re­jected or made a mess of it in one way or an­other, but on this oc­ca­sion he ends up get­ting the girl and mar­ry­ing her. Poirot is ac­tu­ally quite helpful to them get­ting to­gether.”

THE BIG FOUR (Se­ries 13)

“We filmed ‘Curtain’ first; ‘The Big Four’ was my fi­nal episode. It was very emo­tional fin­ish­ing it. David gave a speech at the very end, and it was re­ally quite some­thing. Right from the be­gin­ning, Clive Ex­ton and An­thony Horowitz gave us – Hast­ings, Japp and Miss Lemon – rather more per­son­al­ity than was in the books ac­tu­ally.”

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