PBS Mystery

Posted by: Kay

PBS Mystery - 06/26/11 09:53 PM

I really like David Suchet's performance as Poirot, but tonight's offering was pretty disappointing...disjointed and definitely not up to "Christie" standards...Good cast largely wasted.

They did a lot better by Orient Express a few weeks ago.
Posted by: Pete

Re: PBS Mystery - 06/27/11 11:48 AM

Don't ask me why, but I always thought of Poirot as rather short and thin. Suchet, of course, doesn't fit that image.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: PBS Mystery - 06/27/11 12:42 PM

I think you're right, Pete - "dapper" is the word I'd use. I don't have any Christie books to hand (I read them all years ago!) but maybe others do.

I saw the Suchet "Orient Express" on TV a month or two ago and thought he was terrible. In fact, the whole thing wasn't up to the Finney film in any way.
Posted by: Kay

Re: PBS Mystery - 06/27/11 02:10 PM

Anybody is better than Ustinov, of course. Finney probably got it nearly right, just as Joan Hickson was Marple and whoever the new person was (haven't seen her lately) even dragging behind Margaret Rutherford, who was more of a caricature.

Didn't like Roy Marsden's replacement as James's Dalgliesh either.

And how many Sherlocks have there been?
Posted by: Kay

Re: PBS Mystery - 06/27/11 02:14 PM

Oh, and as to Poirot's actual appearance:

"He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. Even if everything on his face was covered, the tips of moustache and the pink-tipped nose would be visible.

The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police." That's according to Col. Arthur Hastings, who ought to know

Poirot has dark hair, which he dyes later in life (though many of his screen incarnations are portrayed as bald or balding), and green eyes that are repeatedly described as shining "like a cat's" when he is struck by a clever idea
Among Poirot's most significant personal attributes is the sensitivity of his stomach:

According to The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Poirot is 5 feet, 4 inches tall. He rests his egg-shaped head a little on one side. He has a "stiff and military" black moustache, which he delights in. Poirot also has the strange habit of always wearing patent-leather shoes, even when they cause him lots of pain. He usually wears a suit, and is not in great shape, since he rarely exercises.