David Suchet returns as one of the best known TV detectives in Agatha Christie’s Poirot. First aired in 2009, this TV film for ITV gives 2 hours of unbridled early 20th century detective drama.
Set in between the World Wars, The Clocks deals with espionage, unmarried young ladies and lots of naval uniform. The setting in Dover shows the very real fear that had gripped Britain in the 1930’s, that Germany would invade once more. Mines, secret tunnels and code-breaking were all a material part of the arms race which was typifying relations across Europe.
The Clocks represents just one excellent installment in the canon of televised Christie stories. Five new Poirot television films are set to be produced for ITV in 2012; Labours of Hercules; Dead Man’s Folly; The Big Four; Elephants Can Remember; Curtain. Laura Mackie from ITV drama commissioning said of the continued partnership with Suchet, Agatha Christie Ltd and WGBH:
“Poirot is without doubt one of fiction’s finest detectives and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to ITV1 with his refined approach to crime-fighting. We’re equally delighted that David has agreed to play him in the final Poirot films for the ITV1 audience and immensely privileged to be producing Curtain.”
“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Clocks” airs on 26th December 2011 at 9pm on ITV for UK audiences only.
David Suchet as Hercule Poirot
Jaime Winstone as Sheila Webb (Five Daughters, Dagenham Girls, Dead Set)
Phil Daniels as Inspector Hardcastle (Rock & Chips, EastEnders, Quadrophenia)
Tom Burke as Colin Race (Donkey Punch, Chéri, Dracula)
Lesley Sharp as Miss Martindale (Scott & Bailey, The Diary of Anne Frank, Afterlife)
Anna Massey as Miss Pebmarsh (Affinity, Lewis)
Geoffrey Palmer as Vice Admiral Hamling (The Pink Panther, As Time Goes By)
Tessa Peake-Jones as Valerie Bland (Marchlands, Only Fools And Horses)
Frances Barber as Merlina Rival (Fattest Man in Britain, Funland, The Street)
Beatie Edney as Mrs Hemmings (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)
Adaptation: Stewart Harcourt (Dracula)
Director: Charles Palmer (Dr Who)
Producer: Karen Thrussell (Agatha Christie’s Marple)