E Jane Dickson // RadioTimes
David Suchet is¬†a¬†devil for detail. Preparing for his defining role as¬†Hercule Poirot, he¬†built a¬†personal dossier on¬†his character¬†‚ÄĒ every mannerism from the detective‚Äôs mincing walk to¬†his Belgian accent (a¬†shade more guttural than standard French) was rooted in¬†Agatha Christie‚Äôs original text. ‚ÄúAs¬†an¬†actor I‚Äôm fascinated by¬†what makes an¬†individual tick.‚ÄĚ
This week, as¬†presenter of¬†the two-part documentary¬†In the Footsteps of¬†St¬†Peter, the master-researcher turns his profiling skills on¬†the fisherman-apostle who, according to¬†Christian tradition, established the Church of¬†Rome.
On¬†a¬†journey from the quiet shores of¬†Galilee to¬†the gilded splendour of¬†the Vatican, Suchet presents a¬†portrait of¬†St¬†Peter that‚Äôs far removed from the usual iconography. We¬†are accustomed to¬†Peter the patriarch, a¬†figure of¬†authority jangling the keys of¬†heaven, but the saint who emerges from Suchet‚Äôs research is¬†a¬†vital, impul- sive and conflicted personality.