Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime served to get ‘ze little grey cells’ working
This Easter wasn’t exactly brimming with great TV, so thank goodness for the Bank Holiday treat of Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime (ITV). A beautifully besuited Richard E Grant took us through the author’s life and the creation of her most beloved character, aided by archive recordings.
They included an excerpt from a rare interview with Agatha Christie, in which she was asked about her “fascination” with crime. “I don’t know that I’m very fascinated about it,” she replied.“I just started writing about it and then one continues, doesn’t one?”
Initially, the presence of celebrity talking heads gave cause for alarm – what was Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page doing here, or Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph? Why was Marcus Wareing, in full MasterChef mode, saying, “To get the best out of someone you need to be pushed to be the best”? But all of them had either appeared in a Christie adaptation or counted themselves among her devoted fans, and their enthusiasm was clear.
Plus, Wareing was able to rustle up a meal of which Christie would have approved: lobster with cream, followed by a Delicious Death chocolate cake with cream. Cream was a theme. The author, her great-grandson told us, liked nothing better than drinking it from a giant mug (health fanatics take note: she lived to 85).
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