Poirot Classic TV Show
Agatha Christie's legendary sleuth is brought lovingly to life in this superb series of detective dramas, with a definitive portrayal by David Suchet in the title role.
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Poirot Fan Tributes67 Doreen L from Germany: Great drama and so well done. I agree with others that David Suchet is the "real" Poirot. However, I am rather surprised that he calls ALL ladies Madamoiselle, even older ladies, who would normally be called Madam out of courtesy. Of course, he is Belgian and not French so I could be wrong. Can anyone comment?
66 Michelle from U.S: I am a massive Poirot fan. Christie is brilliant, she always trips me up. I'm in the process of reading every Poirot book ever published, 8 down, lots to go, but I'm enjoying every word!
65 Sarah from Nottingham: I'm not 100% sure Nina.. but i think it's 'The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly' shortly before the car breaks down?
64 Nina from USA: In what episode of Poirot do Poirot and Hastings sing " One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow "? Please reply -
Thank you, David Suchet as Hercule Poirot is wonderful !!
63 Patricia from Portsmouth: I think the greatest compliment you can pay an actor is that if you read the original books you can actually see in your minds eye that actor playing the role. This happens every time I read Poirot - I can only see and hear David Suchet. He has made this part his own, the same with Jeremy Brett and Sherlock Holmes. Having met David Suchet and spoke with him about Poirot, he is a really lovely man to speak with.
62 Jean Slattery from Bexley: Poirot TV is great and the title graphics excellent - except for the inclusion of the fourth chimney on Battersea Power Station. That chimney was not built until after WW2 and is included incorrectly for a supposedly 1930's period story.
61 Graham C. Marshall from East Yorkshire: No one else has come close to portraying Poirot as well as David Suchet does. His is the definitive portrayal, one of the big three screen detectives. The others being Joan Hickson as Miss Marple and Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. Superb.
60 Aydin from Vancouver, Canada: Hercule Poirot is perhaps the greatest fictional character ever created. Agatha Christie's Poirot stories are hugely entertaining and David Suchet is such a incredibly talented actor. He is more than perfect for the role. I love all of the Poirot stories and they're all my all-time favorites. I love the rest of the characters as well, such as Captain Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp, and Miss Lemon.
Poirot will be remembered forever and ever.
59 Elaine Meechan from Glasgow: I love David Sucher as Poirot and have the collection of DVDs. I particularly love The Chocolate Box because of his relationship with Virginie and the fact that she called her son Hercule. I love Double Clue with Vera Rossakoff and hope Poirot is the father of her son Niki. David Suchet should be honoured for his potrayal of Poirot.
58 Derek from South Shields: I am a huge poirot fan i watch it over and over again. I am only 22 and my partner can not understand why i like it. Actually i am watching it now, i collect the collection and i am watching one of the new episodes that came in the post. This one is called The Triangle at Rohdes.Sorry if i have spelt that wrong. I think David Suchet is an amazing actor. I would love to meet him.
57 George O: We love your show. We have moved to Statsville, NC. and now cannot get the show on TV. We greatly miss watching all the great actors and actresses in these intriguing mysteries. We especially love David Suchet as Poirot. We have almost all his vhs and DVD's, but miss seeing the show on TV. I hope Time Warner will have this show on its cable lineup. We just changed from Adelphia to Time Warner Cable. Tell David that we love his character in this show. My wife loved the character he is in "The In-Laws" too.
56 David Walton from Windsor: Can you help? Do you know the name of this episode? I was an extra in an episode filmed at Windsor race course - where I played a jockey's valet the baddy and two police men almost knock me over in a chase, and also at Stains town hall where I played a reporter interviewing couples leaving a posh party.(First broadcast around February 1993).
Please let me know if you know what this episode was called. I'd love to see it again.
55 alex from milton keynes: Poirot well one of my favorite programs of all time and i have them all on dvd and video i also have all the ustinov films and the orient express but none come close to Suchet as for my favorite that is a hard one probably any which has Japp in it cos he's brilliant.
54 christina halikas from cornwall, ontario, canada: i love poirot ... especially david suchet's portral ... and i particularly love the musical score for poirot by christopher gunning ... all the best to everyone ... merci ... and i love using my little gray cells ... a la prochaine
53 Roger R. Killackey from Central Coast Of California: Mr. David Suchet is a truly great actor. His transformation into Hercule Poirot from other roles he has played is truly magical. David Suchet is Hercule Poirot a Belgian Detective.
52 Toni from Miami, Florida, USA: As an avid fan of mystery novels, film and tv shows, I am very particular about storylines and characters. I NEVER tire of watching Monsiur Poirot and his detecting. I even watch repeat showings! Poirot takes me to another world that I enjoy, leaving me always wanting more... David Suchet is wonderful!!!!
51 Zoe Luscombe from Plymouth: My favourite episode is Murder in Mesopotamia. My favourite character is Cpt.Hastings (Hugh Fraser), he is so funny
50 anne from Belgium: As an Belgian I have to say that Mr. Suchet IS Mr. Poirot while many other actors playing this character were merely good 'Mr. Poirot' - he is without any doubt the best ever Poirot - the Belgian detective NOT a French one!
49 sandi and elle-mercedes carrington from wigan england: My 9 year old daughter Elle-Mercedes and I always rush to snuggle up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and Hercule Poirot. Mercedes says she loves Hercule because he is so funny and everything has to be tidy just like my Mum, and his moustache is shaped funny,he is really clever the way he uses his little grey cells and i think about him when I am doing my maths in school because then I try to be like him and use my little grey cells, I LOVE HIM LOTS. I DO. xxxxxx I'd just like to say that I can't think of a more enjoyable programme for a Mum and her little girl to watch, we laugh and cry at his fortunes and misfortunes and we also think Hastings is a wonderful,adorable dippy friend to Hercule. I LOVE POIROT TOO. xxxx
48 David Blake from Basingstoke: Interesting comment from Gaylord in Tucson. The reference to a Fulbrite Scholarship actually occurs in the "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" novel - published in 1955.
The TV film moved events back to 1936 - to coincide with the Jarrow March. Clearly the screenwriter did not appreciate the impact upon the Fulbrite reference.
47 Sarah from Bristol, UK: I love Poirot. My favourite one has to be the episode "Dumb Witness" and Poirot's understanding of Monsieur Robert Arundle (who of course is not a person!) but is really Monsieur Bob the Dog. He gives the final clue to Poirot as to who committed the murder!
46 Dr. Ritaban Dutta from Coventry: I want to meet David Suchet if possible in his multi-storied flat in London; now its one of my extreme dream, after watching POIROT episodes. David Suchet is just great!!
45 Gaylord from Tucson: In Hickory, Dickory Dock, a Series 6 telecast, the American student is said to be studying as a Fulbright Scholar. Alas, the Fulbright Program is a post-WWII program.
44 Matthew from England: My favourite episodes of Poirot is 'Murder On The Links' and 'Dumb Witness' because David Suchet and Hugh Fraser excel themselves in the episodes.
43 Nicholas from Redhill: I like the attention to period detail, and the verbal sparring between Japp & Poirot. The Lost Mine's use of authentic Chinese actors, was impressive.
42 Patrick Weaver from Taunton: I was wondering where the location was for Hickory Road station in Hickory Dickory Dock -- also which (former?) underground station was used for the platform scenes.
Can anyone help?
41 Vicki from Plymouth, England: I think last night's episode, Murder on the Links was the best one I've ever seen, as it was so sweet to see Hastings actually get the girl at the end. He often develops a crush on the woman who did it, and it looked like he still wouldn't get her near the end even after she'd been proved innocent, but he did. You could see how heartbroken he was walking along the seafront and then Poirot dropped her off there on his way back to the station, and Hastings kissed her...that was so sweet.
40 George Butlin from London: In one of the episodes Captain Hastings says words to the effect "he must be a decent chap; he does drive an Alvis". Can anyone tell me in which episode this occurs?
39 Joanna from Aberdeen: At last, Poirot is back! David Suchet is as brilliant as ever. No sign of Captain Hastings, Miss Lemon or Japp as yet....
38 Stacey from France: David Suchet fits the role of Poirot better than any of the others I've seen!
37 Claire from South Shields: Poirot is FANTASTIC! He is the best detective ever!
My fovourate moment in poirot is when captain Hastings thinks somehtings "Ruddy Silly" if you asked him in Murder in Mesopotimia and Poirot tells Hastings that if they did ask him they would "Refrain from the ruddy silliness"
Poirot is the best and I am so pleased they have made some new epesodes.
36 Lizard Lady from UK: Jill, If I answer your question it will give the whole game away - you will just have to read Curtain, but if you are anything like me, have plenty of tissues at the ready!
35 Jill from Burn: Does any one know how Poirot actually dies? I know that by the final book he is confined to a wheelchair and I suppose I am just curious to know what happens to him.
34 Doug from Coventry: One of my favourite moments is in the ABC murders when Hastings gives him a caiman he had shot and it stunk. It was Poirots face when he smelt it.
33 Ryan from Surrey: I just want to say how mch pleasure Agatha Christie's books have given since I was 12! And as for David Suchet...he IS Poirot! Wonderful performance. and a new series has been filmed due for airing 2003/2004, with 'Death on the Nile' one of them!
32 Matthew from North Wakes: Monsiuer ! Hercule Poirot is one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time. Along with Captain Hastings Poirot is on the case.
31 krisztián from Hungary: It' the most superb and perfect(est) portrait. I have never seen any actor fitting so much his role. I wish he is or at least he was an alive man. I can1t not adore him! Fabulous! :-))
30 Katherine from UK: Hi I love the hercule poirot tv seriece with David Suchet and I allso love Sherlock Homes with Jeremy Brett. Im an art student at University and I love the art work at the beginning of Poirot could you let me no who did it and if there is any were i can buy some prints or if there is a website about it. Cheers and thanks for the cool shows.
love Katherine XxX
29 Tom Sinclair from Glasgow: There is only one Poirot and that is David Suchet,and poor Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) nice but dim,also Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) who keeps on arresting the wrong people now and again.The actors play their parts very well indeed they compliment each other in their roles, long may POIROT continue.
28 Paul Quine from Isle of Man: By far and away a First Class series.
Excellent actors screenplay and above all locations ( and in particular the seens at railway stations).
27 Tina Czarnota from Florida, USA: Re: David Suchet's Poirot, I love the look he grants Hastings when alas, his sidekick once again becomes smitten by a lass of questionable background.
His ability to cook, keep a clean apt. would make him a desirable catch, indeed! His waddle is priceless!
Tina Czarnota, faithful fan & author of, Country Inn, Dead & Breakfast.
26 Zhang Ming from PRC(China): I like his beard and his dyed black hair, as well as his old-fashion clothes and shoes.
25 Vera Rossakoff from Hungary: Dear Samantha!
I understand you!I think at the same,that Poirot needs a partner.My favourite episode is "The Double Clue",when Poirot falls in love with Countess Vera Rossakoff.She was perfect for him:beautiful,clever,charitable,exotic,and she was a jewel thief!It's perfect for a detectiv!
My favourite scene next to the "railwaystation scene" of course,when Poirot and the Countess are there on the picnic,she give him the jewels,and Poirot brush her hand!It was the most beautiful scene in this episode!
And there is another reason,that why she is perfect for him?:she was fallen in love with him,although not at the first moment,but when before she get into the taxi,glance at Poirot--at this moment she was fall in love yet!
It's a great theme!
24 Kodomo from Washington: I've got my first Poirot from library. I did not even know anything about it. Never read a book about him or heard of it. Once we've watched the first one, we've become addicted to it. We watch it almost every night. More than a few on the weekend. I get a few every week from the library now. It scars me to think how many more are left to watch. I hope they make more movies!! David Suchet as Poirot is just fantastic!!
23 Diane from Stockport: I think poirot is the greatest of them all my favorite episode is The Third Floor Flat I also love Captain Hastings
22 Tom Mulligan from Surrey: In the Plymouth Express, didn't Mrs Carrington say she had to change at Bristol? Then how come if she was murdered just before arriving at Bristol the body was discovered in Plymouth? Did a dead body magically change trains? Or did the scriptwriter forget that it wasn't a direct service from London to Plymouth?
Even Poirot didn't clear that one up!
And what was the maid doing hanging around at Bristol? Where was her mistress supposed to have gone?
21 Amanda from Boerne, Texas: I would like t o say that David Suchet is SO good at playing poirot!
Also does anybody have any information on any new movies of his?
POIROT RULZ!!!!!!! :)
20 louise willis from Kent: I first started reading Agatha Christie books when I was 14, and I would say I have read practically all of them. David Suchet is absolutely fantastic as Poirot. He plays the part to perfection and is exactly as I imagined Poirot to be.
I did hear rumours of the possibility of new Agatha Christie programmes / TV dramas being produced.
Producers take note; without David Suchet in the title role, you are wasting your time!
19 Claire from Brighton: I have been a fan of Poirot since I was 16. In 1993 I was fortunate enough to have seen some of the filming of one episode 'The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan.' This was filmed in Saltdean nr Brighton. I even got to meet David Suchet! He was still in his role of Poirot even when he left the set in his chauffeur driven car.
18 Cathy from US: I enjoy David Suchet and his portrayal of Hercule Poirot. I hope you will continue to make new Poirot movies and use Mr. Suchet as the lead.
17 Janet from Clayton-le-Woods: David Suchet's portrayal of Hercule Poirot is played to perfection - no actor can improve on this! My fave Poirot stories are "Dumb Witness" and "ABC Murders".
16 Val Stewart from Milton Keynes: Poirot is my favourite TV series. The superb characterisations by the regular cast, the gorgeous art deco design and atmospheric photgraphy all make each episode a real pleasure to watch. I hope more episodes will be made in the future.
15 Chris Lunn from Gosprt: Having been a fan of the books for many years. I think David Suchet is the closest anyone has come to perfecting Poirot. I enjoy terribly the banter between Poirot and Captain Hastings. My favouirte piece of dialogue is "Do not talk to him, i am training him" Then hastings says "its only a parrot" poirot says " i was talking to the parrot!"
14 Olivia Herbert-Ellerington from Morpeth,Northumberland: My favourite moment has to be in "The disappearance of Mr davenheim" when Inspector Japp believes he can earn money from Poirot by solving the mystery by not leaving the flat. I find it amusing when Japp and Hastings meet each other and just give a sly 'chief inspector' or 'Captain Hastings' so that no information is found out by either party until hastings gives the information to Poirot.
13 Diane Porter from United Kingdom: I loved David Suchet as Poirot.
He is my favourite Poirot actor.
My favourite is king of clubs
12 Hilary Traveller from Guildford: David Suchet's performance as Poirot is sheer genius. His subtle portrayal brings out all the small gestures and nuances of the character.
The series is brilliant whether in terms of the outstanding cast, mood music, interpretation of the books, clothes or even the screen design for the opening and closing credits.
11 Martina T from Sweden: I love Agatha Christie's Poirot because it's so well made, from the witty dialogue to the impeccable acting and from the wonderful 30's atmosphere to the memorable theme music and graphics. I am often impressed by details such as the subtle humour which is present throughout the series and the clever use of background music, for example in Lord Edgware Dies.
10 samantha needham from Offerton: My favourite moments of Poirot was the one called: The adventure of Johnnie Waverly and Poirot and hastings was singing 3 men went to mow a meadow. And the other was HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW and at the end Poirot was angry because they asked him what he was wearing and he told them what it was that caused hastings to sneeze a lot and when the old women bumped into him with her wheel chair and the seed packets fell and he picked them up for her and placed them in to his jacket pocket. And i liked the liked The adventure of the western star when lady yardly kisses Poirot on his fore head. i would love to see Poirot fall in love and to see David Suchet act it out I think its horrible that he can not fall for some one and be single for the rest of his life that would be sad for Poirot and not to have a partner and also not able to experience what it was like to be with some one you really love.
9 Jane Parkinson from Colne Lancashire: This has to be one of the best detective series, and one of the greatest actors playing it. I never miss an episode. David Suchet is wonderful. I have asked for a photo of his as Poirot but have never been so lucky.
8 Teresa Isherwood from Birmingham: I much prefer David Suchet's protrayal of Poirot than Peter Ustinov's; which I think is more accurate to the books. I also love the Art Deco buildings and furnishings from the period and the women's make-up and clothing is fantastic.
I also especially love the use of lighting to create mood and the way Hastings never seems to catch on to what Poirot is thinking.
In all, an exceptional programme which I never miss!
7 bev warren from b/wood: i find that there is no other actor who can play Hercule Poirot other than David Suchet, to me that is how I imagined the character to look like, he is great.
6 joe burdett from salisbury: I liked the bit in the episode hickory dickory dock i think it was right at the end where Poirot gets offered some chedder - David Suchet's face at that moment was a classic!
5 Debbie from London: I like the time that captain hastings brings Poirot a stuffed crocodile back from South America. Everytime he starts to tell the story about how he caught it, Poirot and Happ change the subject. Finally the man the murderer was trying to frame for the crimes says he would love to hear the tale so Hastings starts to tell him. At that point both Poirot and Happ slowly back out of the room.
it was nice of Agatha Christie to put in such great moments of humour.
4 Manchoi2000 from Northants: I love it in 'The Third Floor Flat' when the murderer escapes and Hastings runs out to look for him (he is really checking to see his car hasn't been nicked). He turns his back on his car and that's when the murderer steals it. Mortified Hastings jumps out in front of the car which causes the murdered to swerve and crashes!! Poor Hastings needed some serious consoling after that.
3 Susanna Turner from Newark: I enjoyed the series the first time around and I enjoy it even more now. I am able to relax and try to figure out whodunnit for myself. The period that Poirot is set in is so lavish it would have been nice to have been born then. The clothes that were worn were fabulous and to be amongst a group of people in a murder mystery would have been great too.
2 Lisa Mundy from W.Yorks: Liked the books and David Suchet plays the character so well. Its also something we can watch as a family which in this day and age is very rare.
1 Morvyn Finch from Suffolk: There is no better way than to sit down and watch a good mystery and no better actor than David Suchet to bring Poirot to life. I have been fortunate to read some of the novels and can always see Suchet in my minds eye playing the part to perfection!
David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings
Phillip Jackson as Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon
Samantha Beckinsale, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Niamh Cusack, Joely Richardson, Christopher Eccleston and Geraldine Somerville.
Won two BAFTA awards in 1990 for best make-up and best music.
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