IT’S NOT AS EASY AS ABC

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

I’VE stu­diously avoided Agatha Christie since be­ing forced to, well, study her books in high school. This new three-part adap­ta­tion of the mur­der mys­tery nov­el­ist’s 1936 book finds the idio­syn­cratic sleuth (pre­vi­ously played for decades on TV by David Suchet) late in his ca­reer, shunned by the po­lice he once worked along­side. John Malkovich might not be the first ac­tor you’d think of to em­body the fas­tid­i­ous Bel­gian de­tec­tive, Her­cule Poirot, but sur­pris­ingly it works. Harry Pot­ter’s Ru­pert Grint (pic­tured) proves he’s more than just Ron Weasley as Poirot’s scep­ti­cal an­tag­o­nist, young gun In­spec­tor Crome. In tonight’s fi­nal episode, ABC dom­i­nates the news, and the public is de­mand­ing an­swers, fear­ing for their lives. With­out any warn­ing, the mur­derer strikes again in the bath­room of Emb­say sta­tion, where Ernie Ed­wards is mur­dered. Her­cule and Crome ar­rive at the crime scene, once again too late. How­ever, the po­lice have found some­one’s be­long­ings nearby and fi­nally sense they have got the killer in their sights. An ar­rest is fi­nally made, and the coun­try breathes a col­lec­tive sigh of re­lief … but some­thing doesn’t feel right to Her­cule. One piece of the puz­zle re­mains to be solved and it’s up to Her­cule and his lit­tle grey cells to do what he does best. Can he ful­fil his life-long debt to the dead, solve the mys­tery and learn the true iden­tity of the ABC killer?

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