REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E3/3)

“Mes enfants” We all know that this Poirot hasn’t been to everyone’s tastes, but let’s not go over all that again, because, to me, Sarah Phelps’ adaptation has been a resounding success and we have a final episode to discuss. If anyone knows the original story then you know that all is not what it…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E2/3)

Last night’s opening episode of The ABC Murders introduced us to a new kind of Poirot – tired, persecuted, guilt-ridden and locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a serial killer who seemingly knew every move he was going to make before even he knew he was going to make it. Poirot found himself…

REVIEW: The ABC Murders (S1 E1/3)

“Chin-chin” To me, Sarah Phelps’ now-annual Agatha Christie adaptations have been nothing short of revelatory. Phelps has always been a skilled writer of human drama, but these Christie reworkings have more social context and emotional depth than even Christie’s originals. Ally Phelps’s nuance with Christie’s supreme plot structure and addictive whodunit elements, and the three…

BBC One confirms transmission date for The ABC Murders

This is the big one for Christmas. Agatha Christie. Sarah Phelps. Hercule Poirot. It’s an irresistible combination, and it’s been on the slate for a little while. Now, as the Christmas schedules are released, The ABC Murders has a transmission date. Not only that but, like previous Phelps’ Christie adaptations, the three-parter is being played…

BBC releases new Poirot image for The ABC Murders

One of the festive treats we cannot wait to get stuck into is Sarah Phelps’ new Agatha Christie adaptation of The ABC Murders. Obviously, the headline event is that the moustachioed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is coming back to our screens, with John Malkovich taking the reins. Until the transmission date is confirmed (very soon,…

BBC releases new autumn drama trailer

Now the World Cup is done and dusted, attention turns to regular scheduling and the upcoming autumn season of crime drama. Yesterday the BBC released its new autumn drama trailer, full of treats like Doctor Who, Les Misérables and Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard. But forget those: there are a few bona fide crime dramas in among them….

BBC releases first look at John Malkovich as Poirot; adds cast

Have a bit of this! We can’t remember being as excited for a series in a while (OK, maybe since The Bridge, which isn’t that long ago to be fair), and much speculation has abounded as to what Sarah Phelps’ new incarnation of Hercule Poirot will look like. Will he have the ‘tache? Will that…

Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders begins filming

The excitement was frothing a few weeks ago when it was announced that John Malkovich would play Agatha Christie’s super sleuth Hercule Poirot in Sarah Phelps’ fourth adaptation for the BBC. The three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders also stars Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald as Lady…