Greeves, fetch a flannel! David Tennant has just spilt a cyanide-laced beverage all over his suit, while in the throes of some formidable “I’ve been poisoned” acting. This incident has onlookers rolling about.
Once his suit has been miraculously speed-cleaned, David spends the remaining takes paranoid about repeating the blooper. “Did that look like I was taking a decent gulp?” he asks. “I was being so ginger about it!”
David’s favorite detective, we later learn, is Columbo. […] “He’s just so cool. A mind like a trap, hidden in a body like a dung-heap. There’s also something quite Doctor-ish about him, so that’s probably why he appeals to me.”
DWM: When you dad Sandy’s present on set, as he is today, does it change the way you conduct yourself? David: It probably does make me behave myself. But he’s very good at looking after himself: he’ll chat to anyone. Even DWM! DWM: Do you utter profanity in front of your dad? David: I don’t swear at all - I don’t know what you’re talking about! Besides… my dad might read this. DWM: What brings you to set today? Sandy McDonald: I came down to see David. We’ve been having a difficult family time [the episode was filmed a few weeks after David’s mother passed away] and I felt it would be good for us to get together. As you can imagine, I must be high in the list of Doctor Who fans! It’s good to meet the people: not just the stars, but also members of the crew who I hear David talking about.
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David Suchet has been playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot since 1989. After a 13-season run, Poirot, the mystery series based on Agatha Christie’s novels, has come to an end. The series is now on Acorn TV, streaming online. David Bianculli reflects on the long-running show:
But since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. The actor has grown into the role, sporting wrinkles to match the wisdom, and perfecting the twinkle in his eye whenever, as the detective himself would put it, Poirot has finally solved the case as only Poirot can. And think of it: The actors of the current movie Boyhood have gotten lots of praise for filming and playing their roles over a 12-year period. David Suchet, as Hercule Poirot, has done the same thing for twice as long.
He’s done it so long, in fact, that he’s ending his run on a medium that didn’t even exist when he started. Wrap your little grey cells around that…
#BookADayUK / Favourite Agatha Christie mystery I’ve only read three Agatha Christie books: And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile & Murder on the Orient Express, but I think And Then There Were None will be my favourite for a long time because I cannot imagine a more brilliant mystery! It may not be a book I’ll treasure forever but after reading it, I wanted to enthusiastically recommend it to everyone I knew. It has those moments that make you sit up and gasp, and wonder how you didn’t notice them before.