Agatha Christie fans can look forward to the return of her two most famous creations to their screens as ITV announces it has commissioned new episodes of Poirot and Miss Marple.
David Suchet will complete Christie’s catalogue of tales featuring the Belgian detective with five new Poirot films, Labours of Hercules, Dead Man’s Folly, The Big Four, Elephants Can Remember and Curtain.
The latter, Christie’s final Poirot mystery, sees an arthritic and immobilised Poirot and his old friend, Captain Hastings, returning to Styles Court, the scene of their first case together, to try to prevent a murder.
“I’m more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot,” said Suchet. “It’s been my life’s ambition to bring this amazing canon of works to completion on ITV.”
"Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated, character and I’ve always loved playing him. He’s considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he’s so vain and pedantic!”
Suchet has played the detective for 22 years on ITV, in a total of 65 films. His next outing as the moustached sleuth is at Christmas, when he stars alongside Phil Daniels, Jaime Winstone, Tom Burke, Lesley Sharp, Geoffrey Palmer, Beatie Edney and the late Anna Massey in The Clocks.
Meanwhile, Julia McKenzie is set to reprise her role as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, starring in three more stories for ITV.
Filming on A Caribbean Mystery begins next summer, with Endless Night and The Seven Dials Mystery due to shoot in autumn 2012.