Sunday, 29 April 2012

Some links

I thought I might share some of the web sites I regularly visit for news and insight on the series. I'll add some more later when I reach specific topics of interest:

The official Agatha Christie website - obviously the one place to start if you want information on Agatha Christie and her stories. But they also have a reasonably active Community and a good 'News and insight' section, including so-called Christie papers (which look into different aspects of her stories and the adaptations) and the 'blog' of Mathew Pritchard, Agatha Christie's grandson.

The IMdB page - quite an active forum, where people discuss different aspects of the series. If you are looking for reviews of the episodes, this is also a good place to start.

David Suchet's Twitter - yes, the leading man is surprisingly active on Twitter. Some of the news he has posted so far: Filming of the final series will start in mid-October, script development meetings are taking place, Hugh Fraser (Hastings) is very likely to return, Pauline Moran (Miss Lemon) is more uncertain (and if you ask me, much as I love her character, that's a good thing, as anyone who have read my thoughts in the Poirot chronology would know!). So this is certainly a place to check once in a while if you want up-to-date information.

David Suchet - Fansite - Danish David Suchet fan Sanna is the mastermind behind this website. Full of information on Suchet, including lots of interviews and stuff on Agatha Christie's Poirot. She is usually very quick to post important news on the series.

David Suchet - Unofficial site - This website, created by Russian fan Daria Pichugina is absoluitely amazing! Loads of interviews and up-to-date info on both the series and Suchet himself.

ITV Press Centre - the place to go for news on the new episodes, including principal photography (when they start filming).

Mammoth Screen - the current production company of the series (and a lot of other UK crime series). Their Twitter is also a good place to stop by every once in a while (if you're interested in news of the production).

UPDATE: I just have to add one more - since I never seem to get around to adding a separate post on reviews and such: The Agatha Christie Reader. This is a jaw-droppingly fantastic site with insightful and detailed reviews of Agatha's stories, as well as almost every adaptation ever made of her books (including, of course, all the Poirot adaptations).

Digital restoration of the first six series!

In 2010, ITV (the UK channel that airs the Poirot episodes) commissioned a digital restoration company, JCA TV, to restore the first six series, using the original film negatives. A featurette explains how it was done and showcases the results (see vimeo.com/30227200 & vimeo.com/36075598). And it is astonishing:
















Of course, these screencaps aren't even in HD (or Blu-ray, as the final release almost certainly will be); they are only compressed elements in a video on Vimeo. Still, you can clearly spot the difference between the transmission master and the restored film. (Both of these examples are from 'The Adventure of the Clapham Cook', the very first episode, shot in 1988).

Series 1-4 have already been released in the US and Canada, through Acorn Media, and Series Five is scheduled for release in late June. I reccomend the reviews from Blu-ray.com: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Poirot-Series-1-Blu-ray/32957/#Review. This is also a good place for fantastic high-quality screencaps from the remastered episodes. Here's just an example, in comparison with one of my own screencaps from the previous DVD releases:


For the rest of us, let's hope the wait for these astonishingly improved films won't be too long... (I would make a guess at a 2014 release for ITV's complete box set). In any case, such an improvement of a classic series is always welcome.

UPDATE: Have a look at the following video if you are interested in the process behind the restoration. I am completely amazed at how detailed the process really is: http://vimeo.com/30227200.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Welcome to 'Investigating Agatha Christie's Poirot'!

Hello there, and welcome!

This is a spin-off blog from poirotchronology.blogspot.com. I decided to create this second blog to enable posts not strictly speaking related to the chronology of the ITV series Agatha Christie's Poirot, but to more general aspects of the series (and stories).

My goal will be to provide a place for fans to visit and get information on all aspects of the series. It is not my intention, at least to begin with, to concentrate on writing reviews of episodes, episode synopses etc., since this has been done so brilliantly by other bloggers. I will instead try to provide links to stuff around the Internet that I think might be of interest to fans. Also, I might be adding some photos, some extracts from interviews, some thoughts on different aspects of the episodes etc.

As of today, this is very much on a planning stage. And I'm not even sure if I'll be able to find the time for all of this. But we'll give it a go. Stay tuned for more updates, hopefully I'll have my first proper post up by the end of the week.


About Me

I'm a passionate fan of Poirot, Agatha Christie and the ITV series. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or requests, please e-mail me at poirotchronology@gmail.com, post a comment on one of my blogs, or get in touch on Twitter @pchronology. (I used to call myself HickoryDickory)