Not sure that a 10-part FOX miniseries about a secret service agent trapped in a creepy Brigadoon-esque town is for you? Well for a (probably) limited time, you can get the first episode free on Amazon. Check out a trailer here.
Poirot confined to a wheelchair (and as particular as ever), Hastings widowed, and the pair of them back at Styles where they solved their first case. It will be sad to see them go but it looks like it will be a quality send-off. Check out the promo here.
You can also check out a recent interview with David Suchet, the actor who has played Poirot for 25 years, about what it has been like to inhabit such a beloved character for so many years.
Curtain will air Wednesday, November 13 at 8pm on ITV.
Television producers have novelists to thank for some of their most successful crime dramas. The many fictional detectives that have inspired these series include gone-but-not-forgotten gems like Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael, as well as perennial favorites such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Current adaptations that may eventually become classics themselves include Vera (based on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope) and Case Histories (inspired by Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie).
Due to join this esteemed list (although it may take a while) are two new characters – M.C. Beaton’s PR agent turned PI, Agatha Raisin and Alan Bradley’s precocious 11-year-old chemist/detective Flavia de Luce.
Fans of any of these shows should check out the books, they’re well worth a read. Fans of the books should check out the shows, they’re well worth a watch.
PBS’s Masterpiece is wonderful – it airs fantastic British shows and then provides them online for free. But PBS (and BBC America) can only do so much. After that the UK tv addict has to turn to Amazon, Netflix or Hulu.
Now there is another option in the online streaming world. Acorn Media has launched Acorn TV. You can try it out for free for one month. There is overlap with what’s already available on Amazon, etc., but there are also some series that you can’t currently get anywhere else, including: the latest series of Vera; the first series of the charming 1920s Australian whodunit, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (based on novels by Kerry Greenwood and starring the beautiful Essie Davis); series 14 of Midsomer Murders; and the absurd and excellent Blandings (based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories).
CBS’s Elementary doesn’t have Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman but it does have charms of its own – namely the acting abilities of Jonny Lee Miller and the appealing chemistry between his Sherlock and Lucy Liu’s Watson.
The announcement that Rhys Ifans (think Hugh Grant’s peculiar flatmate in Notting Hill) has been cast to play Sherlock’s brother Mycroft is just one more reason to give the US reboot its own chance.
Mycroft will appear in the season two premiere which will be set in London and will see Sherlock and Watson staying at Mycroft’s 221B Baker Street address.