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|Agatha Christie's Poirot Collector's Set Volume 8|
Actor: David Suchet
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
After making Agatha Christie the bestselling author of her day, Hercule Poirot has proved equally popular on television, becoming the most-watched detective in the history of the PBS Mystery! series and capturing a new aud... more »
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Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional Hercule Poirot. Every major literary work by Christie that featured the title character had been adapted.
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Three episodes of special interest
F. Behrens | Keene, NH USA | 02/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is always a fascinating study to compare the shorter Poirot television versions with the stories on which they are based. So much circumstantial detail is added to most of them in order to stretch the scenarios to a full 51 minutes that one wonders if each episode should have been kept to 25 minutes and we would have two cases instead of one. But it is all done with such finesse that we cannot complain. Now that Acorn Media has made Collector's Set 8 available, we have yet three more chances to watch, read and compare. But setting aside the originals, here are three excellent mysteries, each with a little something special. In "The Case of the Missing Will," we have a good deal of upper class British male anti-feminine feelings as a background to a murder designed to disinherit everyone mentioned in a will by stealing it and bringing up the possibility of a long-lost heir. The actual solution ties in nicely with the patriarchal theme set up early in the episode. "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" finally brings in "an admirer" for the usually machine-efficient Miss Lemon and plays up Hastings' love for automobiles. Here too, an early incident--the purchasing of the car-- comes full cycle to a "gag" at the end to create a symmetry that would please Poirot himself. The running theme here is the rise of Mussolini and Italian criminal organizations that pre-date the Mafia (as we are told by the dialogue). Possibly "The Chocolate Box" is the most special of the entire series of short episodes. Here we have flashbacks of Poirot when he was in the Bruxelles police force, trying to prove that a death by "natural causes" was indeed a murder. Naturally those involved are powerful people and Poirot's superior tries desperately to get him to stop looking into the case. Many years later, when Inspector Japp is called to Bruxelles to receive an award, Poirot finally gets to resolve things in a most surprising way. Here the background theme is religion and its tie-in with politics. Only two more sets to go. And look for the DVD versions of "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," also issued by Acorn Media."
God Bless Agatha Christie!
face-garak | 06/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Case of the Missing Will - This is a great episode! It's so complex it feels like it should be a 2-hour fare! All the relationships with characters made me watch it again DIRECTLY after seeing it the first time! - 4.5 starsThe Adventure of the Italian Nobleman - again more complex than many of the earlier cases, and it's nice to see the comic antics of Miss Lemon and Hastings in full-blast again! - 4.5 starsThe Chocolate Box - Very well done, and unique among all the episodes! Great flash backs, and great characterizations between Poirot and Japp! I loved how they explain the pin he's been wearing all through the series. One wonders if they thought ahead or if including it was an afterthought. I haven't read the original story of this one, so I'm interested to know if the pin was Agatha's idea, or the episode-writers'. - 4.5 starsBox Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 5 stars"
Best of the lot so far!
Anna Creech | Richmond, VA | 11/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been working my way through this Acorn Media set, and I must say this is the best of the collection to this point.
I don't recall any story that fits "The Case of the Missing Will," and I've read nearly every Agatha Christie novel, short story, or play script. The title and description of the former reminded me of a short story of the same title in the collection Poirot Investigates, but the production was nothing like it. Perhaps a bit of poetic license?
"The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman" was very nearly spot-on with the original short story. Additions to the plot include Miss Lemon's romance with the butler, Hastings' car purchase, as well as the moderately high-speed car chase.
"The Chocolate Box" is a touching story told mainly through flashback scenes. I wonder if David Suchet is the only British actor capable of effecting a Belgian accent, or perhaps Poirot is the only Belgian who has not perfected a British accent?"