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Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Poirot ITV
  • Episode: 

    5 of 5

  • Title: 

    Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
  • Transmission: 

    Wed 13 Nov 2013
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 46 2013 : Sat 09 Nov - Fri 15 Nov
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Emmy and BAFTA award-winning actor, David Suchet, returns to ITV for the final time as the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in the eagerly anticipated Agatha Christie adaption Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. 
 
Curtain is Poirot’s last ever case in which the aged and immobilised detective calls on his old friend Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) for assistance as they return to the scene of their first case, Styles Court, to try and prevent an imminent murder.  
 
The cast joining David Suchet and Hugh Fraser for the final adaptation includes; Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax, Upstairs Downstairs, Marchlands), Philip Glenister (Mad Dogs, Ashes to Ashes), Helen Baxendale (Cuckoo, Kidnap and Ransom, Cold Feet), Matthew McNulty (The Mill, The Paradise, Room at the Top), Anna Madeley (The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Brideshead Revisited, Coup), Shaun Dingwall (Breathless, Above Suspicion, Mark of Cain), John Standing (Game of Thrones, V for Vendetta, The Importance of Being Earnest), Aidan McArdle (Downton Abbey, Garrow’s Law, The Reckoning), Alice Orr-Ewing (The Scapegoat, Blandings), Claire Keelen (The Last Weekend, Line of Duty, The Trip) and David Yelland. 
 
David Suchet has worn the moustachioed Belgian sleuth's polished spats very successfully since 1988 when he accepted the role. His first film, The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, was broadcast on January 8 1989. 
 
It has always been David’s ambition to bring Agatha Christie’s amazing canon of works to completion. Over 25 years David has accomplished 70 adaptations including the iconic and best-known title Murder on the Orient Express.  
 
Adapted by Kevin Elyot (Christopher and His Kind) Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case is directed by Hettie MacDonald (Hit & Miss, Wallander, White Girl) and produced by David Boulter (Whitechapel, He Kills Coppers, The Forsyte Saga). 
 
Full synopsis:
 
Confined to a wheelchair and crippled with arthritis, the now elderly Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) is reunited with his old companion Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) at the house where it all began. 
 
Styles is the rambling country house where the pair first met 30 years ago, when Poirot was a refugee and Hastings a wounded soldier.  It is also the home of their first murder investigation together and is soon to be home to their last.
 
Since they last met, both have faced tragedy; Hastings is a widower, and Poirot has succumbed to a life-threatening heart condition. 
 
But the great detective’s brain remains as sharp and active as ever, and he tells his loyal friend with utmost certainty that Styles is again harbouring a killer – and it is simply a matter of time before the axe falls once more.  The problem is, Poirot does not yet know the identity of murderer or victim, and his disability frustratingly prevents him from acting on his investigative impulses.  
 
Poirot recruits Hastings to be his “eyes and ears”, but as his health deteriorates and their fellow guests begin to fall victim to confounding attacks, Poirot grows increasingly anxious that he may finally have met his match.  He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.  
 
Cast list:
 
Hercule Poirot - David Suchet  
Captain Hastings - Hugh Fraser
Elizabeth Cole - Helen Baxendale 
Daisy Luttrell - Anne Reid 
Col. Toby Luttrell - John Standing
Stephen Norton - Aidan McArdle 
Sir William Boyd Carrington - Philip Glenister
Judith - Alice Orr-Ewing 
Dr Franklin - Shaun Dingwall 
Major Allerton - Matthew McNulty
Barbara Franklin - Anna Madeley 
Nurse Craven - Claire Keelen 
George - David Yelland
Coroner - Gregory Cox