I LOVE PBS Television. For those of you not familiar with it, it is the Public Broadcasting Service here in the US. They are a nonprofit station that airs amazing television from cooking shows, to foreign series, to fine arts, documentaries, music, science and nature series..…and much more. They offer an amazing array of superb television that wins awards for its fine work. I’m talking about this because it has been showing one of my favorite series of all time…which sadly came to an end last year.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot is a a British television drama featuring the fictional detective Hercule Poirot, an eccentric, ocd, refined Belgian detective. I love this series for so many reasons. First, the sets. This detective drama is set in the glamorous era of the 1930s and the amazing art deco sets really bring this time to life. They are lavish, real and beautiful.. I’ve always felt that in a previous life I lived in the 30’s so I feel like I’m there every time I watch it. Second, the stories. Each and every one of Agatha Christie’s Poirot books was brought to life through this series. These are the classic mysteries…the “who did it” type of stories that pull you in and you can’t stop watching!!! Who hasn’t heard of her famous novel, Murder on the Orient Express? Third..the acting. It is absolutely superb! David Suchet, the actor who portrays the little Belgian detective, is the perfect Poirot. He has been the only actor to play this role for the last 25 years. He knows each and every idiosyncrasy the makes up Poirot and was chosen for the role specifically by the family of the late Agatha Christie. He lives the role and you cannot stop being amazed at how he has taken on this challenge of playing Poirot and bringing him to life.
If you love a good mystery, this is the series for you! Take yourself back in time and enjoy some of the most classic mysteries of our time! Although no new episodes of Poirot are being produced, every episode still plays on PBS as reruns and the series is of course available through video and the internet.