In the country of Doctor Who, a program that celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, Poirot’s 25 years can feel paltry. But for all of the Doctor’s famed longevity, his longest-lived incarnation lasted only seven seasons — a long time to be sure, but nothing like Suchet’s quarter century. Only James Arness and Milburn Stone, who played Dodge City’s marshal and doctor, respectively, during Gunsmoke’s two decades, rival Suchet’s run. For the past 25 years, viewers have watched an actor and character grow and change together, episode by episode, year by year: a time-lapse detective. The slow thin of his mustache, the growth of his ponderous belly, the accumulation of papery lines at the corners of his eyes has been nothing short of astonishing. by:
A Time-Lapse Detective: 25 Years of Agatha Christie’s “Poirot” | LA Review of Books
Your Rumblrer-in-chief, Molly McArdle, has a big piece about Agatha Christie’s Poirot over at the Los Angeles Review of Books.