The ABC Murders (2018– )
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In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.

Director:

Alex Gabassi

Writers:

Sarah Phelps, Agatha Christie (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eamon Farren ... Cust
Shirley Henderson ... Rose Marbury
John Malkovich ... Hercule Poirot
Michael Shaeffer ... Sergeant Yelland
Rupert Grint ... Inspector Crome
Kevin McNally ... Inspector Japp
Tamzin Griffin ... Alice Asher
Alan Bentley Alan Bentley ... Vicar
Conrad McCroddan ... Beautiful Young Man
Anya Chalotra ... Lily Marbury
Ian Pirie ... Peter Asher
Shane Attwooll ... Detective Bunce
Eve Austin ... Betty Barnard
Bronwyn James ... Megan Barnard
Olwen May ... Mrs. Welk
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In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.

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TV-14

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

From the novel Curtain we know that Poirot dyed his hair. Agatha Christie also mentioned his being Catholic and made occasional references to his going to church. Also Poirot tells us little about his background and admits to lying about it at times to put people at ease and get them to talk. See more »

Goofs

When the letter of 31st March is being typed, it says 'I trust you are well?'. When Poirot reads it is says 'I trust you are well'. No question mark. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cust: [at the front door] Mrs Marbury?
Rose Marbury: Mm.
Cust: [entering] Mr Cust...
Rose Marbury: Rent is two and six a week, you pay up front and a week in hand. Some parcels got delivered for you. We took them up. I trust you're not going to be expecting that service regularly, carrying parcels. What do you think I am, a pack horse?
Cust: You should have left them for me to carry.
Rose Marbury: And have brown paper items littering my vestibule? This is no post office.
Cust: I'm very sorry to inconvenience you, Mrs Marbury.
Rose Marbury: The front door is ...
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On The Sentimental Side
Written by James V. Monaco and Johnny Burke
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A dark debut
26 December 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

First episode down, and I'm counting down to the next, Phelps once again uses the text as inspiration, as opposed to a strict plot outline. She's decided to add her own flavour, making Poirot less warm then Suchet, a thorn in Scotland Yard's side.

The text is one I've read multiple times, the Suchet adaptation I've seen hundreds of times, I wanted something different. This certainly was that, intensely dark, and sour, the matter is quite grizzly and savage when you think about it, the tone seemed in keeping with the nature of the novel.

Malkovich was terrific, I didn't particularly love the Japp element, seemed unnecessary.

Very good start. 8/10


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