Shades Of Words

Agatha’s Poirot


51wzEIIzbVL._SL500_AA240_It is always interesting to observe how a character from a book comes to life on the silver screen. One of my all time favorite detectives ‘Hercule Poirot’ is a complex character with his own peculiar habits. A man most brilliant but also multi-dimensional. I am more than impressed than ‘David Suchet’ interpretation of Poirot. He brings Poirot to life.

David’s Poroit is just what Agatha Christie would have imagined – the short bald Belgian, with accented English, impeccable tastes and droll humour. Earnest and perceptive, he forms an endearing persona. Traits that come out remarkably well and that were just hidden in various layers in the books are Poirot’s obsessive compulsive disorder related to symmetry and hygiene. I was surprised to see perhaps a little dandyish representation of Poirot’s personality. But I guess its more about how the English would see a immaculately dressed, gallant foreign man – a little effeminate perhaps.

My sister had shared a bunch of episodes and that’s how I got introduced to this ITV series. Now I am catching up through my DVD rental series. Each episode is 1-2 hour long and is based on a novel by Agatha Chrisite. Quite faithful to the books, episodes start by setting up a location for the crime and introducing various characters. Narratives vary from episode to episode but one thing remains the same – the closing, the grand finale  – when Poriot gathers everyone involved with the case and unravels the mystery. The most fun part is solving the case as you go along. Kapil & I keep guessing till the end who could the murderer be. Sometimes we are right  and sometimes we are close.

The other two recurring character’s are Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings and Philip Jackman as Inspector Japp. Again brilliant casting, thought I had imagined neither to be as dense as potrayed.

Verdict: Makes for entertaining evenings in front of the TV. A must watch if you are a fan of the detective character


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Agatha’s Poirot

  1. Yes. It’s quite weird for some that I got introduced to Agatha Christie through this TV Series and not the books. I had not read any of her book before I saw the series.

    Many a times, the adaptations of books are not great. But am sure that this series does justice to Christie’s books.

  2. I used to watch these series a while back when it was featured on TV. 🙂 Found it very interesting!

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