Interview: Poirot and me - by David Suchet

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By Graham Chalmers

For anyone shocked by the demise of Poirot on television, a potential lifeline has been thrown - by the man who played him for an incredible 25 years.

Talking to the Harrogate Advertiser Series in the run-up to an appearance at the Royal Hall shortly, renowned actor David Suchet revealed it may not be the last time he plays Agatha Christie’s famously fastidious detective afterall.

David said: “I’m not sick of the character at all. The only reason we’ve stopped is that there are no more Agatha Christie stories about Poirot left to make.

“But I wouldn’t mind doing a remake of a previous TV episode for the big screen. If they asked me, I would certainly do it.”

Suchet, who was awarded a CBE in 2011, is coming to Harrogate courtesy of Harrogate International Festivals on Tuesday, December 10 as part of a short tour tied to his new book, Poirot and Me.

It’s not a place he knows well but he does rate Harrogate highly – and not just because it’s where Agatha Christie chose to ‘disappear’ for 11 days in 1926.

“I was here this time last year to film my documentary – The Mystery Of Agatha Christie. It’s a magnificent city. ”

Appropriately enough, Suchet plans to stay in the Old Swan Hotel again when he coms to town for his Royal Hall show – well aware it’s where Agatha Christie stayed during her famous ‘disappearance’.

In any case, he describes the Old Swan Hotel as “lovely.”

Suchet, who first played Poirot on ITV in 1988, says the best thing about his current mini-tour with author Geoffrey Wansall is that it gives him the chance to meet his fans in person.

“People have taken Poirot to their hearts. The reception so far has been extremely warm

“To be with audiences in person for a while is a real pleasure for me. I could go on and do this all year”

As well as revealing some of the secrets of how he approached playing the legendary fictional detective for all these years, the evening at the Royal Hall will also see Suchet answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his new book, too.

Despite his obvious enthusiam to take his marvellous portrayal of the Belgian detective to the big screen, this may be the last chance fans have to talk to him about the role.

“There comes a moment for everything to stop and it is time for Poirot. But my acting career as a whole is busier than ever. Maybe a whole new world will open up to me now.”

For tickets, call 01423 562303 or visit www,/harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

See next week’s Harrogate Advertiser for Graham Chalmers’ full interview with David Suchet.