David Suchet will return as Hercule Poirot on Sunday 9 June at 8pm, ITV has confirmed. This latest mystery, a dramatisation of Agatha Christie’s Elephants Can Remember, will see Greta Scacchi, Iain Glen and Vanessa Kirby among the guest cast, while Zoe Wanamaker reprises her role as mystery writer Ariadne Oliver.
When asked about the continuing success of the series in which he’s starred for 25 years, Suchet commented: “Poirot is, of course, very popular because he has good manners. He’s very respectful and he’s very charming, but my son-in-law gave the best answer I’ve ever had for this question, which is that Poirot is enduring because he’s a great moral compass and people would like to be like him. Whenever you watch him, as he sums up a case, you think the world is a better place.”
In Elephants Can Remember, the great Belgian sleuth finds himself pre-occupied with investigating the strange and gruesome murder of an elderly psychiatrist, while his old friend Ariadne Oliver has a case of her own to solve. She is pressed by the loathsome Mrs Burton-Cox (Greta Scacchi) to uncover the truth about two decade-old deaths: were they murders or a double suicide? And if it was murder, then who killed whom?