Hercule Poirot is possibly everyone’s favourite fictional Belgian private detective, David Suchet accepted the role in 1988 and has been playing the world famous detective for 25 years. The first of five brand new Agatha Christie adaptations, Elephants Can Remember, comes to screen on ITV on the 9th June.
Poirot has not just one, but two murders to solve this time around. With the absence of Captain Hastings, Poirot has a new but familiar sidekick in the form of the celebrated crime writer Mrs Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker)
Whilst the guest of honour at a literary dinner, a rather domineering and assertive woman, Mrs Burton-Cox (Greta Scaachi), approaches Mrs Ariadne Oliver () to discuss Celia Ravenscroft (Vanessa Kirby), one of Ariadne’s many goddaughters.
It’s the Ravenscroft’s tragic past that concerns Mrs Burton-Cox, as her son, Desmond (Ferdinand Kingsley), is soon to marry Celia. What Mrs Burton-Cox really wants to know is did Celia’s mother kill Celia’s father, or was it her father who killed her mother?
Although affronted and disconcerted by this assumption Ariadne is now intrigued by the death of the General (Adrian Lukis) and Lady Ravenscroft (Annabel Mullion) who were found dead thirteen years ago on a cliff-top with a service revolver between them.
Perplexed, Ariadne contacts her old friend, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). Initially seemingly uninterested in her quandary, their conversation is interrupted by a telephone call to Poirot from Doctor Willoughby (Iain Glen). There’s been a devastating discovery at the institute of psychiatry – his father, Professor Willoughby, has been found dead.
With Poirot now working on this present day case, alongside Chief Superintendent Beale (Vincent Regan), Ariadne sets about her own inquiry calling upon the elderly acquaintances and workers of the Ravenscroft’s – the honourable Julia Carstairs (Caroline Blakiston), former nursemaid Mrs Matcham (Hazel Douglas), house cleaner Mrs Buckle (Maxine Evans) and wig-maker Madame Rosentelle (Ruth Sheen).
As the past collides with the present, Poirot and Ariadne must act fast to protect the next generation of Ravenscrofts. In doing so Poirot unravels the secrets at the heart of the tragic Ravenscroft deaths.
The strong ensemble cast joining David for this feature length film are Emmy award winner Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Revisited, Broken Trail, Rasputin), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Vincent Regan (Strike Back, Scott & Bailey, Hit & Miss), Ferdinand Kingsley (Van Gogh: Painted with Words, The Hollow Crown) and Vanessa Kirby (Labyrinth, Great Expectations).
Also returning to the cast is award winning stage and television actress Zoë Wanamaker (My Family, The Cherry Orchard, My Week with Marilyn) who reprises her role as Mrs Ariadne Oliver.
BAFTA winning writer Nick Dear, whose recent credits include the 2011 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the National Theatre, has scripted Elephants Can Remember, which is directed by John Strickland (Mr Selfridge, Whitechapel, Bedlam) and produced by David Boulter (Whitechapel, He Kills Coppers, The Forsyte Saga).
Elephants Can Remember forms part of the thirteenth and final series, which includes The Big Four, Dead Man’s Folly, The Labours of Hercules and Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.
Filmed across 23 days the locations used for Elephants Can Remember include: Greys Court; Netherwylde Equestrian; Shepperton Film Studios, Pinewood Studios, The Park Lane Hotel.
Based on crime writer Agatha Christie’s famous novels, Poirot airs on over 200 broadcasters worldwide including: USA (WGBH), Australia (ABC), Brazil (Globosat), France (France Televisions), Italy (Mediaset), Japan (NHK) and Russia (TV Center).
The Poirot stories are co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd, an RLJ Entertainment group company. Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck, Damien Timmer and Karen Thrussell (Parade’s End, Endeavour, Monroe) executive produce Poirot on behalf of ITV Studios. Hilary Strong is executive producer for Agatha Christie Ltd. ITV Global holds international distribution rights.
Elephants Can Remember is on ITV, 8pm on 9 June.