TV: The ABC Murders

The year is 1933. England is in the grip of xenophobia.

Hercule Poirot is a man beyond his time.

He is dyeing his beard to look younger.

He learns how ridiculous that is and washes it out.

He is being taunted through the mail by a series of letters from a killer. His assistance is ignored. He is, in fact, suspected. And he is also suspected of being a fraud.

This is my first encounter with Poirot. I haven’t read any of the books nor seen any of the movie or TV adaptations.

John Malkovich! Who can resist?

But if you’re expecting the role he played in RED, forget it.

An actor such as Malkovich isn’t cast because he can do the wild things. He’s cast because his experience enables him to portray the quiet authority such a role demands.

This is one hell of a production. Everything about it is top-notch and a must-see.

Aired on the BBC, one of the production partners is Amazon Prime Video. So wait for it there. And pounce on it when it appears.

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2 Responses to TV: The ABC Murders

  1. He was so awesome in the ‘Red’ movies.

    But this is your first encounter with Poirot? You haven’t seen either version of Murder on the Orient Express?

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