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Excellent as usual
on 25 January 2010
I'm building up quite a collection of these Radio 4 dramas based on Agatha Christie's novels and, on the whole, I'm enjoying them enormously. Having planned to only buy a few of my favourites among the novels, I can well imagine that I'll end up buying most of them eventually because the quality is so good. John Moffat is an excellent Poirot, the accent understated and the humour very subtle but always there. There is a moment near the end of this adaptation of 'After The Funeral' as Poirot is about to launch into his denoument and someone says 'Why can't you just tell us straight out who did it?" Poirot replies, 'Because it is my way!" I like that, it explains the inherent artificial set up of gathering all the suspects for the long explanation, and I smiled!
Anyway, I've always like 'After The Funeral'. I like the characters and the solution is really rather fun and quite ingenious. Christie gives one of her most interesting murderers and the victim is also interesting in her own way. As with most of these radio adaptations, the script is very faithful to the book and the voice acting is pretty much impeccable. At approx an hour and a half its one of the shorter plays but I don't think anything is lost and the whole thing is very enjoyable.