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Sundays, July 11, 18, 25 at 9 p.m. – Hercule Poirot: Series X

(Rochester, NY) Actor David Suchet reaches the pinnacle of his remarkable twenty-one-year career as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot by taking on the great detective’s most celebrated case, Murder on the Orient Express. The classic tale headlines Hercule Poirot: Series X, three new Poirot whodunits by Agatha Christie on Masterpiece Mystery!, airing Sundays, July 11, 18, and 25 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Suchet describes Murder on the Orient Express (July 11) as “a psychological journey for Poirot, one that absolutely breaks him.” Suchet is joined by a galaxy of international stars playing passengers aboard the glamorous Istanbul-to-Calais run—where a shocking stabbing launches Christie’s most intricate and clever plot.

The co-stars include Eileen Atkins (Cranford), Hugh Bonneville (Iris), Barbara Hershey (Oscar nominated for The Portrait of a Lady), Toby Jones (W.), David Morrissey (Sense and Sensibility), and Samuel West (Howard’s End).

Airing on WXXI-TV in advance of the program, on Wednesday, July 7 at 8 p.m., is David Suchet on the Orient Express: A Masterpiece Special. This enchanting travelogue follows Suchet on the present-day Orient Express across Europe and back in time, riding restored original cars from the 1920s, and reliving the past glories of the fabled line.

The Poirot season continues with Third Girl (July 18), a taut psychological thriller co-staring Zoë  Wanamaker (The Old Curiosity Shop) as eccentric crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, said to be modeled  on Christie herself; followed by Appointment with Death (July 25), a mystery set at an archaeological site in Syria, where a family’s dark past is the real subject of excavation.

Starting with a suicide in the Middle East on Murder on the Orient Express and ending in the same locale with the homicide in Appointment with Death, Hercule Poirot: Series X plumbs new depths of forensic insight by the detective often dismissed as “the funny little man.”


Credit: ITV for Masterpiece

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