With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Based on Agatha Christie's short stories and novels. Hercule Poirot is a famous Belgian detective, who always gets embroiled in a mystery, usually along with his faithful sidekick Captain Hastings and/ or Scotland Yard chief inspector Japp. Written by
In addition to paddings, Suchet would initially trim the top of his hair to appear more balding (n later years his hair had thinned naturally), except in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", which chronicles Poirot's first case in England where he's supposed to be considerably younger. See more »
Poirot is an excellent tv series, with great production values and an outstanding cast.
The only bad thing I can say about it is that I've already seen every episode 5 times, and remember how they all end.
David Suchet is excellent as the refined, French speaking (Walloon) Belgian detective of the title. On all his cases, he is ably assisted by his Watson, Captain Hastings, and his secretary Miss Lemon. The series is set in the thirties, and the characters still carry the scars of the first world war with them, while at the same time omens of the next conflict are ever present. A fourth member of the cast is their modern Art Deco apartment building. The jazzy score gives an extra feeling for the period.
Anyway, if you haven't seen this little gem already, don't miss it. It is as good as Agatha Christie's other detective series Miss Marple, with Joan Hickson.
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