Last night I watched an episode of Poirot. David Suchet is far and away the best impersonator of Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective and his performance has improved over the years. Coincidentally last week saw an investigation into Suchet's ancestors. Although Jewish, David is now an evangelical Christian; that never stops him being Jewish, of course. He ancestors came from an area of central Europe that has been Russian and Prussia in its history. The persecution was the same whatever the nation.
Suchet surpasses both Ustinov and Finney. Three new 2-hour episodes are currently being shown on ITV. 'Cat among the pigeons' which was aired last night has a fairly silly plot, but just watching Suchet's performance and soaking in the period brought me a great deal of pleasure.
However, it reminded me of my childhood. Agatha Christie was banned from our house, not on grounds of taste, but because she was ajudged too frightening. Today we regard these films as light entertainment; when I was a child she was for adults only. People were murdered! How things have changed.
In the 1940s and 1950s in Britain murder was very rare and a thing of horror.