Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

What I Watched Last Night...

H_P_XMAS3A friend recently asked his Facebook correspondents to name their favorite Christmas movie. I perversely cited The Lion in Winter, but Hercule Poirot’s Christmas runs a close second. A feature produced for LWT and shown in the States on PBS, it is one of the high points of the series starring David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s famous detective. While technically a made for television film, the Poirot series was produced at such a high level of craftsmanship that academic distinctions between media are even pettier than usual. The program had more in common with classical High Hollywood than most contemporary features.

One reason it is a holiday favorite is that I simply enjoy “cosy” detective fiction and the Poirot stories. I enjoyed them well before Suchet, backed by superb period re-creations, became the public image of the detective. 1930s Britain may never have been this spruce, but the series…

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