Period crime drama series. In the 1930’s fussy Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of crimes, mostly murder, with his faithful aide Captain Hastings. Poirot lived at 56B Whitehaven Mansions, Sandhurst Square, London W1 and his phone number was TRAfalgar 8137.
Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.
He’s often accompanied by his trusty sidekick Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and their paths cross Scotland Yard’s Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) who has a grudging respect for the meticulous, if eccentric, private detective.
The drama is a charming and glamorous depiction of the middle and upper classes of the 1930s, through the elegant costumes, settings and locations.
In an earlier 1985 TV version of Thirteen to Dinner, Suchet played the role of Inspector Japp, with Peter Ustinov as Poirot.
Agatha Christie’s granddaughter Rosie Hicks reportedly recommended Suchet for the role of Poirot in the ITV production, after watching him in the 1985 comedy drama, Blott On The Landscape.
David Suchet’s brother is the ITV newscaster, John Suchet and appeared as Poirot in a video message at John’s ITV News leaving party. He apologised for ‘not being able to make it’ and then promptly surprised him by turning up.
Actor Rupert Penry-Jones wore a wig in the dramatisation of the Sad Cypress, as he had shaved his head for a play he was in. But Poirot’s producers were so keen to have him for the part of Roddy Winter, they had a wig made for him especially.
Poirot was the only fictional character to have an obit in the New York Times. It was to mark Christie’s publication of his last fictional outing, in Curtain, on 6 August 1975.
DAVID SUCHET as Hercule Poirot
HUGH FRASER as Captain Hastings
PAULINE MORAN as Miss Lemon
PHILIP JACKSON as Inspector Japp
Theme Music: Christopher Gunning
Stories: Agatha Christie
Producer: Brian Eastman
Executive Producers: Nick Elliott, Linda Agran
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television-Carnival-A&E
Duration: 70 episodes with various running times
Aired From: 8 January 1989 – 25 August 2014
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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