The ABC Murders (2018– )
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In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.


Alex Gabassi


Sarah Phelps, Agatha Christie (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eamon Farren ... Cust
Shirley Henderson ... Rose Marbury
John Malkovich ... Hercule Poirot
Michael Shaeffer ... Sergeant Yelland
Rupert Grint ... Inspector Crome
Kevin McNally ... Inspector Japp
Tamzin Griffin ... Alice Asher
Alan Bentley Alan Bentley ... Vicar
Conrad McCroddan ... Beautiful Young Man
Anya Chalotra ... Lily Marbury
Ian Pirie ... Peter Asher
Shane Attwooll ... Detective Bunce
Eve Austin ... Betty Barnard
Bronwyn James ... Megan Barnard
Olwen May ... Mrs. Welk


In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot starts to receive threatening letters signed "ABC". When he informs Scotland Yard, they ignore his fears, and soon enough, a series of killings begins.

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1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Cast member Jack Farthing, as of 2018, has now appeared alongside two different Poirots: John Malkovich here in this mystery, and David Suchet in Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Big Four (2013) (episode 13.2). See more »


Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion was not constructed until 1935, while the ABC Murders is set in 1933. See more »


[first lines]
Cust: [at the front door] Mrs Marbury?
Rose Marbury: Mm.
Cust: [entering] Mr Cust...
Rose Marbury: Rent is two and six a week, you pay up front and a week in hand. Some parcels got delivered for you. We took them up. I trust you're not going to be expecting that service regularly, carrying parcels. What do you think I am, a pack horse?
Cust: You should have left them for me to carry.
Rose Marbury: And have brown paper items littering my vestibule? This is no post office.
Cust: I'm very sorry to inconvenience you, Mrs Marbury.
Rose Marbury: The front door is ...
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Written by Cole Porter
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Episode 1
29 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There are more actors who have played Poirot running about than actors who have played James Bond.

John Malkovich is an inspired choice on paper. He is both an Anglophile and a Francophile. He is also an actor who makes others raise their game.

The bad news is I very much liked David Suchet's version of The ABC Murders. Sara Phelps left me underwhelmed with her adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution, so there were doubts if this three part story could succeed.

This Poirot is older and greyer, he dyes his beard black and it runs. Set in the 1930s there is a disliking of foreigners in Britain and this includes Poirot. No longer welcome in Scotland Yard like in the old days of Inspector Japp who has retired.

In fact this upstart Belgian has been investigated and been found wanting. Japp's replacement Inspector Crome wants Poirot to prove his existence like he was some sort of modern day Windrush immigrant who needs to find his papers from 60 years ago.

Gone is the art deco look of Suchet's Poirot. This is a grimy, dirty Britain of the 1930s. A landlady is pimping out her own daughter.

Poirot is receiving letters, Scotland Yard are not taking him seriously. When the murders start, it is Poirot who is accused of withholding evidence.

This is a curious and fascinating new take. Christie wrote about a Belgian who came to Britain as a refugee but never delved much on how difficult life would had been for him.

I liked it, maybe it was a bit slow to get going. There was never any doubt that Malkovich would rise to the challenge. A thoughtful, reflective, even a troubled man who had seen better days. Rupert Grint is unrecognisable as Crome.

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