Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, ITV Wednesday 13 November, 8-10pm
Emmy and BAFTA award-winning actor, David Suchet, returns to ITV for the final time as the iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in the eagerly anticipated Agatha Christie adaption Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. Philip plays Sir William Boyd Carrington.
Curtain is Poirot’s last ever case in which the aged and immobilised detective calls on his old friend Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) for assistance as they return to the scene of their first case, Styles Court, to try and prevent an imminent murder.
Styles is the rambling country house where the pair first met 30 years ago, when Poirot was a refugee and Hastings a wounded soldier. It is also the home of their first murder investigation together and is soon to be home to their last.
Since they last met, both have faced tragedy; Hastings is a widower, and Poirot has succumbed to a life-threatening heart condition.
But the great detective’s brain remains as sharp and active as ever, and he tells his loyal friend with utmost certainty that Styles is again harbouring a killer – and it is simply a matter of time before the axe falls once more. The problem is, Poirot does not yet know the identity of murderer or victim, and his disability frustratingly prevents him from acting on his investigative impulses.
Poirot recruits Hastings to be his “eyes and ears”, but as his health deteriorates and their fellow guests begin to fall victim to confounding attacks, Poirot grows increasingly anxious that he may finally have met his match. He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.
Hercule Poirot – David Suchet
Captain Hastings – Hugh Fraser
Elizabeth Cole – Helen Baxendale
Daisy Luttrell – Anne Reid
Col. Toby Luttrell – John Standing
Stephen Norton – Aidan McArdle
Sir William Boyd Carrington – Philip Glenister
Judith – Alice Orr-Ewing
Dr Franklin – Shaun Dingwall
Major Allerton – Matthew McNulty
Barbara Franklin – Anna Madeley
Nurse Craven – Claire Keelen
George – David Yelland
Coroner – Gregory Cox
Adapted by Kevin Elyot (Christopher and His Kind) Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case is directed by Hettie MacDonald (Hit & Miss, Wallander, White Girl) and produced by David Boulter (Whitechapel, He Kills Coppers, The Forsyte Saga).