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The last ever Poirot episode puts the detective back at the scene of his first ever murder case

Sara Wallis // Mirror

The final curtain is about to fall on TV’s iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he solves his last ever murder case.

And for award-winning actor David Suchet it is the end of an era, as he lays down his cane after 25 years in the role.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve done 70 of Agatha Christie’s stories,” says David, 67, who admits that saying goodbye to the much-loved character was difficult.

“The last day of shooting was very, very hard,” he says. “There was a party afterwards and then I just left the next day. That was it! I really hope I will be able to keep my cane — and the moustache won’t be going back either!”

In Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, the elderly and wheelchair-bound detective calls on his old friend Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) for help as they return to the scene of their first case, the rambling Styles Court, to prevent a murder.

Hastings is now a widower and Poirot has a life-threatening heart condition, but he must summon the last of his strength to find out who the killer is before he dies.

The adaptation also stars Anne Reid, Philip Glenister, Helen Baxendale and Matthew McNulty.

“You see Poirot as a wizened, tiny, thin old man,” says David. “I had to lose two and a half stone for that. It was tough because dieting is the hardest thing in the world.”

David explains that the final scene he shot as Poirot was actually used in an earlier episode as they aren’t filmed in the order of transmission.

“I think I had one line,” he says. “I had to say to Madam Oliver, ‘Is he the owner of the house?’ and she replied ‘Yes’. And that was my last line as Poirot. I mean, what an anti-climax after 25 years!”

But David reveals viewers will be saddened to see the death of their favourite detective. “When we filmed Curtain, I shot his death over two days,” he says. “But then I had to go back and do a scene with him writing a letter, which was good because I didn’t leave him dead. People will watch him die, but then they will, of course, see re-runs.”

And the actor, who has a career in TV and theatre spanning more than 40 years, admits Poirot will always stay with him.

“It’s a marriage, isn’t it?” he says. “It’s 25 years of friendship that I’ve developed with this man. I know him as well as I know anybody — maybe better. I will remember him with great fondness and gratitude.”

From: www.mirror.co.uk

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Think Poirot's an eccentric obsessive? He's got nothing on the actor who plays him: A revealing portrait of the brilliant David Suchet as he kills off his greatest creation

Christopher Stevens // Daily Mail

Morse. Holmes. Miss Marple. Television’s most revered characters are the detectives, super-perceptive beings whose moral strength defends us against evil and chaos. Detectives are the gods of the TV age.

And of all the gods, David Suchet, an obsessive perfectionist, plays the supreme intelligence: Hercule Poirot.

This week sees the little Belgian detective’s final case, Curtain. Suchet, 67, has peeled off the waxed moustache and hung up the cane. We will miss him — but for the highly strung star, who inhabits his roles so intensely that friends in the past have feared for his sanity, the death of Poirot could be shattering.

Though he has been played by many fine actors — Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov and Alfred Molina among them — Poirot was once a lesser deity, a minor idol whose eccentricities were good for a giggle.

His absurd accent, his popinjay manner, his fastidious attire made him a comic caricature.

In the colour TV era, viewers wanted detectives who drank real ale and swigged whisky; Poirot sipped from a thimble-glass of sweetly foul red liqueur called crème de cassis.

He first appeared in 1920, and over the next half-century, in a series of more than 30 novels and dozens of short stories, he made his creator, Agatha Christie, the most successful writer alive.

Review: Poirot and Me — An Afternoon with David Suchet, Theatre Royal

Robert Smith // Nottingham Post

With Agatha Christie’s Poirot having been watched by 700 million people, transmitted to 100 countries and translated into 80 languages, one might have asked why Nottingham’s Theatre Royal was chosen for the launch of a biography detailing David Suchet’s 25 years of playing the master detective.

Allow me to explain, as Monsieur Poirot might say before delivering the verdict on an investigation. It was here, in October 1952, that Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap premiered on stage. Christie must have had powers of hindsight; having called the venue her “lucky theatre”, the play went on to become the world’s longest running show, with 60 years and 25,000 performances now under its belt.

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David Suchet interview: Star had no clue Poirot would alter his life

Erik Petersen // Nottingham Post

Theatre stages do not, as a rule, hold any fears for David Suchet.

An RSC regular for four decades, he has also played the great halls of the West End and Broadway. But as he sat in a Theatre Royal dressing room yesterday moments before going on stage, he admitted to a touch of nerves.

He wasn’t unfamiliar with the place — he was last here just a year-and-a-half ago as part of a magnificent and acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. (“This feels like coming home,” he said yesterday as he walked through the Theatre Royal stage door.)

But this trip was a bit different. He wasn’t here to play a role, he was here to discuss his most popular and enduring role.

He was here to go onstage as himself to help bid adieu to Hercule Poirot.

David was in Nottingham with writer Geoffrey Wansell, his old friend who co-authored Poirot and Me, a book released this week to coincide with next Wednesday’s final episode of Poirot. He had thought some people might be interested in hearing what a veteran actor had to say about his most enduring character. But he hadn’t expected the 900-plus people who filled the Theatre Royal.

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David Suchet interview: “Poirot has been my best friend”

// The Telegraph

Ahead of ITV’s final ever Poirot, David Suchet talks to Elizabeth Grice about the defining role of his life.

Clumsy, arthritic fingers scrabble at the bedclothes, reaching uncertainly for something to alleviate the crushing heart pains. In a moment of deliberate ambiguity, it is not his amyl nitrate ampoules that Hercule Poirot grasps from the bedside table but a rosary. The master-sleuth has never seemed more vulnerable.

The sudden frailty of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective is superbly captured by David Suchet, in his last television appearance as Poirot after 25 years in the role. In 70 episodes, he has encompassed the whole canon of murder mysteries featuring Poirot, the defining role of his career and a broadcasting tour de force. Now, as ITV screens its concluding episodes over the next three weeks, he’s peeling off the extravagant moustache and laying aside the gold watch chain for good.

In the final of all, Curtain:Poirot’s Last Case, Poirot is a wasted man, immobilised from the waist down but glittering with intent. The investigator’s fussy, waddling walk and dandified appearance are scarcely missed as Suchet condenses his formidable acting skills into his character’s hollow features. How does he get that lower eyelid to twitch like a lizard?

The end is nigh! Hercule Poirot prepares to unravel his final TV murder after 24 years on television... but what happens next?

Alasdair Glennie // Daily Mail

He has been solving case after fiendish case for 24 years.

But as Hercule Poirot prepares to unravel his final TV murder, his fans have been left puzzling over a final conundrum — what to watch when he is gone?

The much-loved ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novels starring David Suchet as the Belgian detective announced it will screen its final episode on November 13.

Over 13 series, it has starred 1,124 actors, including several A-list stars before they were famous.

The new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, and Homeland star Damian Lewis and actress Emily Blunt all made appearances early in their careers.

But in the adaptation of Christie’s final tale Curtain, Poirot will bring the series to an end. Now elderly and crippled with arthritis, Poirot will be reunited with his old companion Captain Fraser for a final murder mystery.

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David Suchet nearly quit Agatha Christie's Poirot before a single episode had even aired

David Brown // RadioTimes

“I will not ever be told how to play a role. That’s my job,” the actor tells RadioTimes.com, in reference to a stand-off with a director that took place during the first series.

Actor David Suchet has revealed that he almost quit the role of Hercule Poirot part way through filming the first series in 1988.

In his forthcoming memoir, Poirot and Me, Suchet describes a clash with director Ed Bennett that took place during the shooting of the opening episode, The Adventure of the Clapham Cook.

The pair disagreed over a scene in which Suchet decided to demonstrate Poirot’s pernickety sensibilities by placing a handkerchief on a park bench before sitting down so as not to dirty his trousers.

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David Suchet reveals he almost quit Poirot during the first series after an argument over a hanky

Lydia Smith // Mirror

Poirot actor David Suchet has revealed that he almost quit the role of the pernickety Belgian detective during the filming of the first series in 1988.

In his forthcoming memoir, Poirot and Me, Suchet describes a disagreement with director Ed Bennett that took place during the shooting of the opening episode, The Adventure of the Clapham Cook.

The pair clashed over a scene in which Suchet placed a handkerchief on a park bench before sitting down.

According to the actor, he was just doing what the author Agatha Christie would have approved of — but Bennett thought the act “ridiculous”.

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Poirot’s “Dead Man’s Folly” filmed at Greenway House in Devon

Poirot fans are eagerly anticipating the next instalment of the hit TV drama which airs on ITV later this week, Dead Man’s Folly will be one of the last starring actor David Suchet.

David Suchet went to school in Wellington in Somerset, and filmed his latest scenes at Agatha Christie’s former holiday home in Devon.

The story starts when Hercule Poirot, famed Belgian detective, is invited to attend a murder mystery fête, but when the murder becomes all too real, Poirot must begin his investigation.

The location for the story was inspired by Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway House in Devon... Greenway was even used in the filming and this is where David Suchet played the famous role for the last time. Belinda Smith, National Trust said:

Due to the fact that Greenway is such a special place to the family and Agatha Christie, everyone decided that it would be appropriate and fitting to film the very last scene of Hercule Poirot hare at Greenway so in the series you actually have Dead Man’s Folly as the second one that’s coming out this week but Curtain the last Poirot is the last one to be aired. The venue is a treasure trove of Christie memorabilia.

Video: Poirot filmed in Devon »

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Star billing for Greenway as Suchet dons Poirot's hat for very last time

Text: Simon Parker // Western Morning News

Photos: Steve Haywood // sghaywood.wordpress.com

TV viewers were treated to a sumptuous display of the best of Devon as Agatha Christie’s Poirot was screened.

Greenway, the National Trust owned property beside the river Dart — once the home of Christie — was the backdrop for the Wednesday night episode, Dead Man’s Folly.

Visitors to the late crime writer’s holiday home may have done a double-take this summer when they saw her greatest creation strolling across the lawn.

Dressed in his trademark fawn Macintosh, polished spats and black fedora, the figure of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has become familiar throughout the world.

Taking the central role in no less than 13 series of ITV dramatisations, British actor David Suchet spent a week at Greenway in South Devon for the filming of Dead Man’s Folly, the latest story in a long line of Agatha Christie adaptations. However, for the 90 cast and crew of the popular detective series, the occasion was tinged with sadness because Dead Man’s Folly will be the final instalment of the Poirot mysteries.

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