Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV Series 1989–2013) Poster



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In preparation for the role, David Suchet read every single book and short story Poirot appears in: "I had my file on one side of me and a pile of stories on the other side and day after day, week after week, I ploughed through most of Agatha Christie's novels about Hercule Poirot and wrote down characteristics until I had a file full of documentation of the character. And then it was my business not only to know what he was like, but to gradually become him."
To simulate the overweight physique of Hercule Poirot, David Suchet, who is much slimmer, wore body padding. He also wore wing collars to make his neck appear fatter.
Before playing Poirot, David Suchet played Chief Inspector Japp opposite Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot in Thirteen at Dinner (1985).
David Suchet would initially trim the top of his hair to appear more balding (in later years his hair had thinned naturally), except in Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990), which chronicles Poirot's first case in England where he's supposed to be considerably younger.
David Suchet always stayed in character as Poirot whether the cameras were rolling or not.
As of 2013, the entire Poirot canon written by Agatha Christie has been filmed for this series, with short story "The Lemesurier Inheritance" incorporated into Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Labours of Hercules (2013), and David Suchet giving a reading of the only stage play "Black Coffee" for The Agatha Christie Theatre Company.
Suchet was recommended for the part by Christie's family, who had seen his performance in Blott on the Landscape (1985).
During the filming of the first series, David Suchet almost left the production during an argument with a director, insisting that Poirot's mannerisms (specifically, putting a handkerchief down before sitting on a park bench) be featured.
Four British actor families appeared in episodes throughout the course of the series (though not together): James Fox and his brother Edward Fox; the Cusack sisters Niamh Cusack, Sorcha Cusack and Sinéad Cusack; David Yelland and his daughter Hannah Yelland. Peter Penry-Jones and his son Rupert Penry-Jones.
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While at least some of the stories take place in 1935 (in Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder in the Mews (1989), the date of Guy Fawkes Day is given as November 5, 1935), Florin Court in Charterhouse Square, the building that serves as the location of Poirot's flat, wasn't built until 1936.
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David Jason is a big fan of the show and other detective series, which inspired him to play a detective in A Touch of Frost (1992).
Story changes were often made to present female characters in a more sympathetic or heroic light (at odds with Agatha Christie's characteristic gender-neutrality in her novels).


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David Suchet had grown so attached to the character, that he knew shooting his death scene in Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (2013) would be emotionally painful. He asked that this scene be shot early on the schedule, so that the last scene shot would still feature the character alive.

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