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:: Agatha Christie's Poirot (4-DVD set)

David Suchet stars as favourite moustached detective, Hercule Poirot in this award-winning period crime drama series set in the 1930s.

Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not. He’s often accompanied by his trusty sidekick Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and their paths cross Scotland Yard's Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) who has a grudging respect for the eccentric private detective.

The drama is a charming and glamorous depiction of the middle and upper classes of the 1930s, through the elegant costumes, settings and locations. The plots are as wonderful as you expect: tightly plotted, amusing, and fascinating. Never does a viewer have to wonder where Poirot gets his insights, as Christie knew better than leave holes in her plots. We see all the evidence that Poirot does; he just knows what it means.

The audio is crystal clear on the discs and none of the dialogue is lost. The video looks good, especially given that these were filmed for television.

The special features list is solid though not as far-reaching as I thought. The biography of Agatha Christie is interesting, as is learning more about the star, David Suchet. The character profiles are also quite impressive; there are extensive looks at both Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings, the Watson to Poirot’s Sherlock Holmes.

Overall, fans are in for a treat. David Suchet, who has been playing Poirot on the BBC for about eighteen years, is everything an Agatha Christie fan could ask for.

DVD Extras

Biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet
Cast Filmographies
Agatha Christie Materials