Can you guess what this post is going to be about from its title? No? Shame on you!
Perhaps if I mention the name of Agatha Christie, this will help!
I am talking. of course. about her literary creation, Hercule Poirot. I love watching the television adaptations (along with Miss Marple). Well, on Wednesday evening I settled down to watch the very final episode, entitled Curtain.
It was good to see Poirot's old friend, Captain Hastings, in this episode. He means well, but he is usually pretty hapless when it comes to trying to solve the murders!
Amazingly, the actor David Suchet played Poirot for 24 years, first appearing as the detective in 1989. He was a very finicky little man, and could be irritating at times, but I loved him. Eleanor also loves the show - I think that is one of the attractions of the television series, in that the whole family could sit down and watch it together.
I believe that Suchet was made for the part. Captain Hastings says, when he first saw Poroit, that he was just 5 ft 4, has a head the shape of an egg, a military moustache and with extremely neat attire. "I believe that a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound!"
Strangely enough, Agatha Christie herself said that she found the character "insufferable" and by 1960, she said he was "detestable". After his last appearance, in Curtain, published in 1975, Poirot had an obituary published on the front page of The New York Times, the only fictional character ever to have done so!
Earlier this year, Agatha Christie was named the Best Crime Writer of all time by the Crime Writers' Assiciation.
Here in the U.K., we were treated to a final four episodes, shown over four weeks. One of these episodes, 'Dead Man's Folly' featured Agatha Christie's own holiday home, here in Devon. Greenway, on the beautiful River Dart is only about half an hour away from where I live. The Producers thought it was very appropriate to use the interior and exterior (note the beautiful gardens if you watch this episode) of Greenway, as the series was coming to an end.
The following photo was taken beside the boat house at Greenway, where you can see the beautiful River Dart in the background. I have sat by that peaceful spot on many occasions.
Some of you may remember that we took Eleanor to visit this special property (which is now owned and managed by The National Trust) and she absolutely loved it. All Agatha's belongings were there, and it was just as if she had popped out for the afternoon! Eleanor was even able to have a go on the actual typewriter on which all the Author's novels were written. Here are a couple of photos I took on our visit.