B Van Heusen
ITV have been reviving all the old favorites this year with Foyle’s War, Marple and Morse (albeit the younger version) all back on the airwaves. Perhaps the most hotly anticipated revival of all is the new season of Poirot. After 25 years in the role, David Suchet is set to hang it up and tonight on ITV the countdown began as the Suchet’s version of the Belgian sleuth went to work in Elephants Can Remember.
ITV have from time to time persuaded a big name or two to appear alongside Suchet in Poirot but for the most part they’ve relied on him to carry the show with some support from little known but very talented actors. In Elephants Can Remember, they ditched the usual protocol and spent like a Manchester City manager as they snapped up three superstars: Iain Glen, Zoe Wanamaker and Greta Scacchi.
The story was quite intriguing. Poirot and Ariadne Oliver (Wanamaker) set about solving two seemingly unrelated murder mysteries. One was a cold case, the other so new that the body of the victim had yet to be pulled from its watery grave. Almost inevitably, Poirot found a connection between the two as he pieced together a series of clues that included a long forgotten twin, a wayward whispery voiced doctor and a dodgy Boston accent.
The only criticism I would have was the gratuitous references to elephants. It was as if the writers were worried that we’d wonder about the title of the show. Every five minutes one of the characters made a reference to pachyderms. Give us some credit, one mention of “Elephants can Remember” would have been enough.