Today, ITV announced a raft of new commissions in its two long-running series of Agatha Christie adaptations.
The most eye-catching of the commissioning news is that David Suchet, who has played Hercule Poirot for the broadcaster since 1989, will achieve his goal of filming all of Christie’s stories featuring the Belgian detective.
Five feature-length dramas have been commissioned, including The Labours of Hercules, which in published form is a collection of twelve linked short stories. The cycle will come to a fitting close with Curtain, Poirot’s last case which sees Poirot revisit the scene of his very first case.
It’s a phenomenal achievement for any broadcaster to have completed the full run like this and is testament to Suchet’s portrayal, which has so perfectly fleshed out Christie’s eccentric creation.
But what’s more surprising about the ITV announcement is that Julia McKenzie will, in summer next year, reprise her role as Jane Marple in an adaptation of A Caribbean Mystery. Unusually for ITV’s Marple series, this Agatha Christie work actually includes Miss Marple in the original text.