Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 1 and 2

| January 31, 2012

The great gift of TV on DVD is when you get hooked on a show, you can watch as much as you want; or at least, as many episodes as you can get your hands on. And it is very, very easy to get hooked on Poirot. Each 30 minute episode is like a little mystery snack. Perhaps for the more logical, deducing audience members, it is frustratingly obvious who has committed the crime, but if you aren’t so clever, it’s fun to watch for the “Scooby Doo” reveal at the end. For that’s one of the great things about Inspecteur Hercule Poirot: he always waits till the very end to reveal something he has known for a long time.
The early episodes are different from episodes later in the years (I reviewed series 5 a few months ago), they feature the smaller, simpler Poirot stories, ones that are more obscure. If you’ve read any Poirot at all, you will love David Suchet’s wonderful interpretation of the fastidious sleuth. With all the quirks intact, including a delightful Belgian accent, he uses expert comedic timing, in addition to his believable and genuine acting. He’s joined by his assistants, Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) and Miss Lemon (the darling Pauline Moran) , and together they solve any case thrown at them. And they’ve definitely changed Poirot’s fake mustache a few times, which is funny to watch its evolution. It must have been terribly difficult to keep on all the time, especially considering how much talking, drinking tea and munching on sandwiches and other meals Mr. Suchet does throughout the episodes. He handles the prop with aplomb, it must be said.
Maybe the most delightful thing about this series is the quality of each episode. It’s a crazy time period, the late 30’s and early forties, and everything from the clothes to the locations to the cars lends itself to realism. These are clearly gifted (and well-funded) designers of every stripe: costume, production, location scouts, etc. Also, they are well-adapted, funny, concise little teleplays- high quality and seamless in their transition from one mystery to another. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, coming from the always-reliable BBC. If you like mysteries at all, you’ll love Poirot.
This is a terrific collection of episodes on these six discs, taking Poirot everywhere from boat rides to the English countryside. Though it is amusing how many cases Poirot stumbles upon while he is vacationing.
Just a warning: the main theme will get in your head and stay there…

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Heather Trow is a nursing assistant and part-time writer. When she is not writing, she is listening to the popular podcast "NEVER NOT FUNNY". Actually, at any given time, most likely, she is listening to the podcast. It's pretty much all she does besides work. It is her favorite thing.
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