It's been more than two decades since David Suchet started playing Hercule Poirot for British television. In hindsight, the first series seem hokey and contrived; I have been liking the more recent ones, which have a darker tone. As well, Suchet has grown into the role of the retired Belgian detective. I recall reading an article in which he acknowledged that Poirot would be a career-spanning role, since Agatha Christie had written so many short stories.
The new series has started on PBS's Mystery!, which is just what I'm looking forward to for late summer evenings. The newest episode, Hallowe'en Party, is up this Sunday night. Here's a peek.
On Dec. 4, 1926, Agatha Christie vanished. She was found within 11 days, and said at the time she had no idea what had happened. The mystery was tossed off as a publicity stunt, and explained later by fans as a reaction to an unhappy marriage. As recently as this October, it is still generating explanations (out-of-body amnesia, in this case).
On May 2, 1946 - 60 years ago today - David Suchet was born. Suchet is a remarkable and gifted actor, although he is known largely for one role. Suchet signed on to play Hercule Poirot for British television in the late 1980s, and knew that the commitment would be one that would span much of his career: the plan, after all, had been to film all of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories. After 17 years, the series is still going strong.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.