IT’S NOT AS EASY AS ABC
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?