We took him to our hearts as Agatha Christie's much loved Belgian detective Poirot, but now there's a chance to see actor David Suchet as you've never seen him before
All this week he's starring in a new theatre production at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre before it transfers to the West End. And it's not quite what you might expect...as Christine Alsford found out when she went to see him.
To prepare for the part, Suchet - who played Poirot on our television screens for 25 years - practised wearing a boned corset at rehearsals.
The actor David Suchet is currently appearing on stage at the Mayflower in Southampton in one of theatres' most famous roles. The thespian who became a household name playing Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, is now performing in Oscar Wilde's play the 'Importance of Being Earnest'.
Suchet said he was rather shocked at first, when he was asked to star as Lady Bracknell - the first female starring role in his long acting career.
They promise a spectacular show, "filled with magic", combining circus arts with music, dance and theatre.
"Circus Eloize" is coming to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Mayflower in Southampton, and David Johns has been along for a preview.
He spoke to performers Lea Toran Genner and Samuel Charlton.
An arts company from Brighton is bringing its colourful act to schools to ensure that all sections of the community can experience cultural events. Lottery funded Otherworld is touring Sussex. Tom Savvides talks to project director John Varah & Helen Springall from Chailey Heritage School.
An arts company from Brighton is touring Sussex to bring theatre to children with disabilities. "Otherworld" is a lottery funded project. It's just completed a run at the Chailey Heritage School near Haywards Heath.
ITV Meridian spoke to Helen Springall from Chailey Heritage School.
He was a 70's icon who thrilled millions with his daredevil antics and wry humour in Starsky and Hutch. But now Paul Michael Glaser is coming to our region in a totally different role. He is to star in the stage production of Fiddler on the Roof.
But in his real life he has been touched by personal tragedy. His wife Elizabeth caught aids from a blood transfusion and passed it onto their baby daughter. Sadly, they both died.
Paul, who chaired the aids foundation for eight years, told Fred why we must not become complacent just because of new drugs to combat the disease.
It's come straight from the West End, and from Broadway - and now the hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is here in the South.
The start of rebuilding work at Portsmouth's Theatre Royal will be celebrated later today. Over 40 years ago the site was damaged by fire, and later it came close to demolition. Now, thanks to a lottery grant, the majestic building is being restored.
The National Theatre production of Alan Bennett's latest play, People, will open at the Marlowe Theatre this Autumn.
Theatre Director Mark Everett said: “We are delighted to see the latest work by the country’s leading playwright in Canterbury and proud the National has chosen the new Marlowe as one of a small number of venues for the tour. This is a real coup for us.”
Dorothy is the impoverished aristocrat owner of a crumbling stately home faced with the choice of auctioning off her house, letting the National Trust open it to visitors. Her short-term solution is to allow the house to be used as the set for a porn film.