The ABC Murders (2018– )
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In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.

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Alex Gabassi

Writers:

Sarah Phelps, Agatha Christie (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eamon Farren ... Cust
Shirley Henderson ... Rose Marbury
John Malkovich ... Hercule Poirot
Michael Shaeffer ... Sergeant Yelland
Rupert Grint ... Inspector Crome
Kevin McNally ... Inspector Japp
Tamzin Griffin Tamzin Griffin ... Alice Asher
Alan Bentley Alan Bentley ... Vicar
Conrad McCroddan Conrad McCroddan ... Beautiful Young Man
Anya Chalotra ... Lily Marbury
Ian Pirie ... Peter Asher
Shane Attwooll ... Detective Bunce
Eve Austin ... Betty Barnard
Bronwyn James ... Megan Barnard
Olwen May ... Mrs. Welk
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In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.

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1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Cast member Jack Farthing, as of 2018, has now appeared alongside two different Poirots: John Malkovich here in this mystery, and David Suchet in Poirot: The Big Four (2013) (episode 13.2). See more »

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Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion was not constructed until 1935, while the ABC Murders is set in 1933. See more »

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A dark debut
26 December 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

First episode down, and I'm counting down to the next, Phelps once again uses the text as inspiration, as opposed to a strict plot outline. She's decided to add her own flavour, making Poirot less warm then Suchet, a thorn in Scotland Yard's side.

The text is one I've read multiple times, the Suchet adaptation I've seen hundreds of times, I wanted something different. This certainly was that, intensely dark, and sour, the matter is quite grizzly and savage when you think about it, the tone seemed in keeping with the nature of the novel.

Malkovich was terrific, I didn't particularly love the Japp element, seemed unnecessary.

Very good start. 8/10


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