David Suchet Poirot TV Episodes

Agatha Christie fans across the world have fallen in love with the most famous detective in the world, the one and only Hercule Poirot. Appearing in Agatha Christie’s very first novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ Poirot continued to feature in 3 mystery novels and 50 short stories (51 if you include the introduction of ‘The Labours of Hercules’. There have been over 40 hour long television episodes based on these short stories and a further further 32 longer two hour adaptations all of which starring the wonder David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. 

First appearing in 1989 as Christie’s famous Belgium sleuth, David Suchet went on the play Poirot for over twenty years. The final series of Poirot aired in 2013 but the filming of ‘Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case’ was actually the first of the final season to be filmed at the request of Suchet who felt leaving these scenes until the very last would be too emotional. The final episode actually filmed was Dead Man’s Folly, appropriately at the home of Dame Agatha Christie at ‘Greenway House. 

Below is the full list of TV episodes starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot with each episode of each season listed. The first three seasons cover some of the short stories (as these had the wrights given for filming first) before some of the novels were filmed in season four. ‘Peril at End House’ was filmed in two parts – each an hour long episode’ where as the other novels were filmed as feature length episodes. Season five returns to some of the short stories before the rest of the series focusing on the Poirot mystery novels. The only exception to this is ‘The Labours of Hercules’ which is an amalgamation and development of five of the short stories from the collection of the same name, combined to create a feature length episode.  Most of the episodes for Poirot have stayed close to the original plot written by Agatha Christie (especially compared to the Marple TV episodes) so fans of the short stories and novels shouldn’t be disappointed. Minor changes have sometimes been made (Linda becomes a Lionel in Evil Under the Sun for example) and in some cases characters have been left out such as in Death on the Nile, but I suspect these were done in part to differentiate between the Peter Ustinov film productions and in any case, for me, these do not interfere with the key plot too much. My Personal favourites are some of the older adaptations of the novels such as Hickory Dickory Dock and Lord Edgware Dies. I’m such a fan of the Peter Ustinov film adaptations of Death on the Nile and Evil Under The Sun that I don’t watch the Suchet adaptations as much but they are still really well done. Indeed, for many who are not keen on Ustinov, they are their favourite ones anyway. When it comes to actors who have played Hercule Poirot, no one can deny that David Suchet is THE Hercule Poirot and the actor has played him to perfection in every single adaptation below. 

As I look across at the camera for the final time, I think back to Poirot’s last words to Hastings on Friday. ‘Cher ami,’ I said softly, as he was leaving Poirot to rest. That phrase meant an enormous amount to me, which is why I repeated it after he had shut the door behind him. But my second ‘cher ami’ in that scene was for someone other than Hastings. It was for my dear, dear friend Poirot. I was saying goodbye to him as well, and I felt it with all my heart.

David Suchet on filming the final scenes of Poirot in 'Curtain'.

Whether you discovered Poirot by reading the books or came to love him via the TV episodes doesn’t matter. All that matters is the shared love of this Belgium sleuth and of course his helpers, Miss Lemon, Arthur Hastings, Inspector Japp and Ariadne Oliver. 

Season 1

The Adventure of the Clapham Cook
Murder in the Mews The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Third Floor Flat
Triangle at Rhodes
Problem at Sea
The Incredible Theft
The King of Clubs
The Dream

Season 2

Peril at End House
The Veiled Lady
The Lost Mine
The Cornish Mystery
The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim
Double Sin
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
The Kidnapped Prime Minister
The Adventure of the Western Star
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Season 3

How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Plymouth Express
Wasps Nest
The Tragedy at Marsden Manor
Double Clue
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest
The Theft of the Royal Ruby
The Affair at the Victory Ball
The Mystery of Hunters Lodge

Season 4

The A.B.C. Murders
Death in the Clouds
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Season 5

The Adventure of the Egyption Tomb
The Underdog
Yellow Iris
The Case of the Missing Will
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
The Chocolate Box
Dead Man's Mirror
Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan

Season 6

Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder on the Links
Dumb Witness

Season 7

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Lord Edgware Dies

Season 8

Evil Under the Sun
Murder in Mesopotamia

Season 9

Five Little Pigs
Sad Cypress
Death on the Nile
The Hollow

Season 10

The Mystery of the Blue Train
Cards on the Table
After the Funeral
Taken at the Flood

Season 11

Mrs McGinty's Dead
Cat Among the Pigeons
Third Girl
Appointment with Death

Season 12

Three Act Tragedy
Hallowe'en Party
Murder on the Orient Express
The Clocks

Season 13

Elephants Can Remember
The Big Four
Dead Man's Folly
The Labours of Hercules
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case