Tuesday, July 06, 2010

David Suchet on the Orient Express, a Masterpiece Mystery Special, Airs Tomorrow July 7th on PBS

PBS Masterpiece Mystery

This Sunday, July 11th, PBS's Masterpiece Mystery airs the first of three new Poirot mysteries, including (as incredible as it may seem) the first appearance of David Suchet as Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express.

In anticipation of this premiere event, PBS is airing a special documentary, David Suchet on the Orient Express tomorrow, July 7th (check your local listings).

Commissioned by ITV, 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.

With insight and charm, Suchet leads an epic journey on this iconic train. From London, he travels to Calais in northern France to board the Venice Simplon Orient Express, and begins his 2,000-mile journey through six countries, with a breathtaking stop in Venice on the way to Prague.The delightful Suchet revels in the artistry and beauty of the train, and explores its attraction for Agatha Christie, who used it as the setting for one of her most recognized novels. It 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.

Watch a short preview below:

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