Future of Poirot in doubt

PoirotThe future of ITV’s adaptations of Poirot, the Belgium sleuth created by Agatha Christie, is reportedly in doubt.

David SuchetIt could be curtains for one of television’s most famous detectives – Hercule Poirot. The creation of Agatha Christie the Belgium detective has been brought to life on television by David Suchet to critical acclaim; often being labelled the definitive Poirot. Suchet has played Poirot for the LWT (later ITV) adaptations of the Agatha Christie novels for 22 years. But according to The Sun the future of the series is in doubt.

“ITV has said it is finding it difficult to get financial backing for them and they have got no money.  It seems certain now there will be no more.” – A “source” quoted in The Sun

The most recent series of Poirot aired on ITV over Christmas with the adaptation of arguably the most famous novel by Christie; Murder on the Orient Express. Ratings for the detective drama have been in decline for several years as have its sister series Miss Marple.

ITV had already announced plans to adapt the six remaining novels which would complete the set, so to speak. Actor David Suchet had expressed a wish to film all the stories. A spokesperson insisted to The Sun that “ITV is in active discussions about doing more.” Fans of the drama would be bitterly disappointed if ITV did pull the plug before completing the series.