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News Louisa Mellor 25 Nov 2013 - 09:05
For those suffering from post-anniversary blues, here's a little something about Doctor Who's 2013 Christmas Special...
For many of us, the weekend's magnificent festivities have coloured this morning with a distinct sense of post-anniversary blues. Never fear, because we're only weeks away from another brand new Who episode, and a brand new Doctor to boot.
We're expecting a few more details on the Christmas Special to follow shortly (a title and synopsis will give us something to chew over happily for a while), but first up is the news of one of the episode's key guest stars: Orla Brady.
Brady is playing "someone from the Doctor's past, with the plot of »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Nov 2013 - 06:42
From zombie outbreaks to food poisoning, here's our selection of the 10 unluckiest fictional airline companies in cinema...
You rarely see real-life airline companies in movies, and for good reason - planes in the movies are always being overrun by snakes, art thieves, the undead, and that actor who plays Hercule Poirot.
Film airline companies are so unlucky, in fact, that even the best efforts of Hollywood's finest actors, heart-throbs and action heroes - from Brad Pitt to Bruce Willis, and Jack Lemmon to Mark Hamill - can't stop their planes from dropping out of the sky or getting into some kind of mishap or other.
To this end, here's a far-from-exhaustive look at what we think are the 10 unluckiest airlines in cinema...
Stevens Corporation As seen in: Airport 77 (1977)
You'd be forgiven for thinking that a company with just one passenger jet to its name »
To mark the release of Poirot season 9 on 18th November, we’ve been given 1 copy to give away on DVD.
David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s enigmatic, eccentric and extremely intelligent detective Hercule Poirot. From England to the Mediterranean, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, Captain Hastings, Chief Inspector Japp and Miss Lemon, Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
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- Garth Franklin
The final Poirot episode attracted 4.86 million (21.6%) on Wednesday evening, according to overnight figures.
On BBC One, Diy Sos interested 4.60m (20.1%) at 8pm, followed by Britain on the Fiddle with 4.04m (18.2%) at 9pm.
BBC Two's MasterChef: The Professionals gathered 2.80m (12.2%) at 8pm, while Tudor Monastery Farm appealed to 1.56m (7.0%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Grand Designs was seen by 1.44m (6.3%) at 8pm (349k/1.6% on +1), followed by the return of 24 Hours in A&E with 2.06m (9.3%) at 9pm (444k/2.7%). Gogglebox amused 1.54m (9.0%) at 10pm (297k/1.3%).
Channel 5's Animal Clinic with Ben Fogle brought in 719k (3.2%) at 8pm. JFK's Secret Killer intrigued 1.33m (6.0%) at 9pm (142k/0.8%).
On ITV2, the latest Towie entertained 690k (4.0%) at 10pm (114k/1.2%). »
In the great Belgian detective's last case, everyone is poisoning and shooting each other, and then – oh mon dieu!
A lady's fingers play the piano, mournfully. Somewhere – and sometime – else, a judge puts on his black cap. He sentences another woman, the (innocent) sister of the pianist, it turns out later, to be hanged. She is. Hanged. Her sister plays on, sadly. She has an audience, a little old man, like a crumpled bird, in a wheelchair. Omg, he is Agatha Christie's Poirot (ITV), n'est-ce pas? (Because when you're dealing with Poirot it is necessary to throw in the odd French phrase, mon cher). But how old and frail and pale he looks. Not that he ever wasn't pale, or was especially strong or young.
- Sam Wollaston
Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.
"One of the reasons we had to do ['Curtain'] first; I lost two stone," Suchet explained. "It was extraordinary, preparing for the end. Not a pleasant thing to do... to know that I'm going to die.
"The two days in the studio where I play his death [was] the hardest shoot of my life."
Suchet compared filming his final scenes as the character to saying "goodbye to a dear, dear friend".
"It's not me being theatrical," he insisted. "I've lived with this man for 25 years.
"He's been part of my life for a quarter century, »
David Suchet shed two-and-a-half stone for the final episode of 'Poirot'. The 67-year-old actor will portray the titular Belgian detective Hercule Poirot - who was created by English crime writer Agatha Christie - for the last time tonight (13.11.13) when the 25-year-old series comes to an end, and he had to lose weight for the finale because Poirot is in a bad way. He said: ''It was the first time Agatha Christie ever changed his physical appearance, ever, in all her books, and it was the first time I've never worn padding as the character. ''I lost two-and-a-half stone and they »
Agatha Christie's Poirot: ITV, 8pm
The final curtain is coming down on David Suchet's Poirot as he takes on his last case in the series finale. The Belgian detective and Captain Hastings return to Styles, where the two first met on a case 30 years ago.
Poirot discovers that a murderer is afoot in the house, and must use all that he has left to solve the case.
The Tunnel: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The remake of The Bridge is now mid-series as detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wasserman (Clemence Poesy) plan on using teenage Sophie to help catch the killer, who is exploiting a sick young man.
In order to find Veronica's whereabouts, Chuks takes Stephen Beaumont's computer.
Crackanory: Dave, 10pm
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The Grand Slam Of Darts
7pm, Sky Sports 1
The two rival professional darts organisations come to Wolverhampton for this annual celebration of loud shirts and equally outlandish skill. It's a Pdc event but the best players from the rival Bdo competition can take part, although they haven't had much luck: since the tournament began in 2007, a Pdc player has won every year, with Phil Taylor the most frequent victor. Raymond van Barneveld was triumphant last time, and Taylor being Taylor, he'll be out to reclaim his crown this year. Lanre Bakare
- Lanre Bakare, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Japp swaggered on to the scene, overcoat flapping, contemptuous of Poirot's amateur practices
David Suchet takes his final bow as Agatha Christie's elegant, mincing, language-mangling private detective Poirot on ITV on Wednesday. Suchet has been widely and rightly saluted. Less has been said of his entourage: Hugh Fraser as his associate Captain 'Astings, Pauline Moran as his faithful secretary, and Philip Jackson as his Scotland Yard counterpart Chief Inspector Japp – all brought back in this final series. The captain was always a pallid character. Not so Japp, who would swagger on to the scene, overcoat flapping, contemptuous of Poirot's amateur practices, and, declaring the case to be simple, would unerringly pick out some innocent soul to clap into jail. His success rate series by series must have run roughly level with that of Sherlock Holmes's sparring partner Lestrade. Mercifully, he's not lost altogether: all four will »
The end is near... and now Hercule Poirot must face the final 'Curtain'.
David Suchet has achieved what many thought was impossible - 25 years on from his first appearance as the iconic Belgian detective, the 67-year-old actor has completed Agatha Christie's entire Poirot canon for ITV.
In a new interview, Suchet talks saying goodbye to Hercule, making TV history, how he almost walked out on the show and how he'd feel watching another actor play Poirot...
On saying goodbye to Poirot...
"There is a complete strange mixture of... I now have to say goodbye, because I've done it, and then euphoria for exactly the same reason – I've done it! So it's a mixture of things.
"The predominant emotion is celebration, that actually it is time for him to go. The book was written; it's been on our bookshelves since 1975. Anybody could have read it, so nobody should be really surprised, »
As Poirot comes to an end after 25 years, famous members of its cast and crew explain what the little Belgian means to them… Here Anthony Horowitz explains why he found such joy in writing the detective's dialogue
Brian Eastman was thinking of doing a series of Maigret and they brought me in as a possible writer, and when that didn't happen, I ended up writing scripts for Poirot. Actually, I'm much more of an Agatha Christie than Georges Simenon fan. I first encountered her as a student in my gap year and read them while I was travelling around the world – I think I read about 30 of them in one long journey. Why be snooty about her? She is what she is, which is a wonderful constructor of puzzles.
As Poirot comes to an end after 25 years, famous members of its cast and crew explain what the little Belgian means to them… Here Hugh Fraser recalls a glamorous life as the detective's friend, Captain Hastings
One has to have respect for Poirot, because he's a cerebral genius, his analytic abilites are second to none. Hastings is a completely opposite personality, much more laid back and emotional. He is not the sharpest tool in the box although he will occasionally, by mistake, come up with a connection between events which Poirot will capitalise on. While they irritate each other constantly they also have a great bond. In the final episode, Hastings is much older because he's been away and come back to find Poirot not in the best of health and you see a more considered side, he's grown up a lot. He's been to Argentina and had a family and a farm, »
Few TV detectives have been as well loved as Poirot; and when the final episode airs this week, after 25 years, no one will be sorrier to say goodbye than David Suchet. He talks to Emma John about his defining role. Plus, famous cast and crew explain what the little Belgian means to them
David Suchet likes to think of life as a spider's web. The spider, you see, spins his web from behind; he can't see what he's creating. "The only time he can check what led to what is when he turns around," says Suchet pensively. "So in our life. We don't know what we're spinning, what we touch, what we do…"
It's a philosophy that is particularly on his mind today. Twenty-five years ago, Suchet was asked to play Agatha Christie's fussy little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in an ITV drama series set eternally in his late-1930s world. »
- Emma John
Things are going to get hairy. They always do in Movember, the charity sprout-a-thon that has somehow made moustaches not only respectable but also aspirational. So if you're thinking about taking part and are looking for a bristling example on which to model yourself, here are some of the most notable 'staches from TV history. Think of it as the Tufty Club.
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Every list of eminent moustaches (on TV or otherwise) always begins or ends with one man: former Navy Seal turned Hawaiian housesitter Thomas Magnum. In a show packed with memorable signifiers – lurid shirts, lush scenery, a goddamn Ferrari – Magnum's luxuriant moustache still dominated, setting off »
- Graeme Virtue
David Suchet nearly quit 'Poirot' before an episode had been broadcast. The 67-year-old actor has portrayed the titular detective, Hercule Poirot, since 1989 but admits he nearly left the role after having a disagreement with director Ed Bennett while filming the first episode, 'The Adventure of the Clapham Cook'. While shooting one scene, David insisted on dusting down a park bench with a handkerchief as he claimed that is the sort of thing Poirot would have done after reading about his adventures in Agatha Christie's novels, but the helmer insisted it was a ''ridiculous'' suggestion. In an extract from David's »
The BFI hosted an evening with David Suchet on Tuesday celebrating the end of the actor's 24-year, 70-episode turn as ITV's Hercule Poirot. Suchet revealed that he had compiled 96 facts about the detective's character, while preparing to start the ITV adaptations back in 1989. "I used to, and still do carry them around with me. It's things like how many lumps of sugar he takes in his tea, and how many in coffee, all the little mannerisms." He noted that even Agatha Christie had at times got tired of Poirot, calling him detestable. "There is no point making that sort of eccentric character likeable. He is an irritating little man, he creeps up on you," Suchet said, before adding that this was matched by his ruthlessness in pursuit of justice. "He does take the law into his own hands and can be quite terrifying". Suchet added that he had become so »
The final series of Poirot continues in classic English murder mystery territory: a killing at a summer fete held at a grand country house in Devon. It's a crime predicted by Poirot's writer friend, Ariadne Oliver (admirably played with just a hint of waspishness by Zoë Wanamaker), and this leaves the Belgian detective frustrated at his own inability to prevent what transpires. Still, he gets there in the end and, in time-honoured fashion, explains what happened for those of us who might be confused. Jonathan Wright
Autumn's Supermarket Secrets
With big supermarkets having a wider reach than ever, getting food from field to fridge is a near-Sisyphean task. Gregg Wallace looks behind the scenes of weekly shopping hauls from each season, »
- Jonathan Wright, Mark Jones, John Robinson, Lanre Bakare, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford, Andrew Mueller
ITV's final episodes of Poirot launched with 4.40 million on Wednesday, overnight data reveals.
David Suchet's final four episodes as the detective began with a peak of 4.89m at 9pm and an average audience share of 19.7%. An added 373,000 (1.9%) tuned in on +1. The previous episode in June attracted 4.47m.
On BBC One, Watchdog interested 3.87m (17.5%) at 8pm, while the Great British Year was seen by 2.61m (11.6%) at 9pm.
Channel 5's Animal Maternity brought in 913k (4.1%) at 8pm. Saving Britain's 70 Stone Man was seen by 1.25m (5.5%) at 9pm (113k/0.7%). Wentworth continued with 795k (4.7%) at 10pm. »
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