Poirot, Curtain, the final episode

AIDAN MCARDLE as Stephen Norton, HELEN BAXENDALE as Elizabeth Cole, JOHN STANDING as Col. Toby Luttrell, ANNE REID as Daisy Luttrell, SHAUN DINGWALL as Dr Franklin, DAVID SUCHET as Hercule Poirot, HUGH FRASER as Captain Hastings, PHILIP GLENISTER as Sir William Boyd Carrington, ANNA MADELEY as Barbara Franklin, MATTHEW MCNULTY as Major Allerton and ALICE ORR-EWING as Judith
Gathering round Hercule’s last case. Pics: ITV
David Suchet with make-up artist as he prepares for the last day of filming the iconic series, Agatha Christie's Poirot
Behind the scenes

Curtain: Poirot’s Final Case brings an end tonight to an epic endeavour by ITV and David Suchet to film all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries with the Belgian sleuth. After 24 years in the role, the actor – who has been directed on stage by Harold Pinter and conquered Broadway as Salieri in Amadeus, among other acclaimed portrayals – found filming Poirot’s final scenes the hardest day’s filming of his career. So, tonight fans will have to be ready to see their hero in a wheelchair, not quite as sparkling and precise as he once was, as he returns with Captain ‘Astings to Styles – the scene of his first investigation 30 years previously – to try to unravel a series of apparently perfect crimes. The episode goes out on ITV at 8pm, and later the channel is also showing Being Poirot at 10.35pm, with Suchet exploring the character, his roots and worldwide appeal (the series has been shown in 200 countries). It should be some adieu…

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