Friday, May 22, 2009

David Suchet to Star in Orient Express Documentary

David Suchet as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot

The Guardian is reporting that David Suchet will embark on a journey across Europe aboard the famed Orient Express for a documentary commissioned by ITV. The Orient Express was the setting for one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels, Murder on the Orient Express featuring her private detective Hercule Poirot. Suchet, probably best known for his inimitable portrayal of Poirot, has never filmed a version of the book but that will change as ITV has ordered 4 new Poirot episodes including Murder on the Orient Express.

The Guardian article notes that the documentary will touch on the incident in 1929 that inspired Christie's book: the train was stuck in a snowdrift for 10 days, 60 miles outside Istanbul, carrying a full complement of passengers who survived only with the assistance of nearby Turkish villagers. The film will also use archive material to tell the train's history from its inaugural "Express d'Orient" journey across Europe in 1883 to its role in both world wars.

Most of the Poirot episodes and movies with David Suchet are available on DVD from Mysteries on TV: Hercule Poirot. Murder on the Orient Express is also available as an adventure game featuring the voice of David Suchet from Games of Mystery: Agatha Christie.

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