on 5 May 2007
This TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Dumb Witness' is not absolutely faithful to the book, and perhaps, given the fairly large cast of characters and plot twists that had to be fitted into just under two hours, that is understandable and acceptable. It's probably fair to say Christie would have approved of this hugely enjoyable adaptation of one of her best tales.
We lose one or two characters (Theresa's fiance is an instance), and the timid Miss Lawson is smartened up a bit and given a gentleman admirer, but the essence of the book is captured - including the wonderful English-spinster dottiness of the Tripp sisters and their seances.
The cast are terrific, and David Suchet really is the definitive Poirot. He brings to the role a Chaplin-esque quality that no other portrayers of the sleuth have done.
This really is the Golden Age of crime fiction, televised at its best.
If you have enjoyed the series on TV this is a good one to buy. The story centres around the mysterious death of a wealthy old woman; mysterious because her scrounging relatives have been written out of her new will so why kill her now? Set in the Lake District the scenery is lovely, and the two leads (Hugh Fraser and David Suchet) are as amusing as ever. The main draw, however, is the touching double act between Poirot and Bob the 'Fox Terror' (as Poirot calls him) who is the only witness to the crime. Brilliant acting from both.
on 14 February 2015
The basic story is the same one as Agatha Christie wrote - the murderer remains the same (unlike some other adaptations!) and the characters are recognizable; just the scenery has changed and a few bits and pieces. So it's fairly faithful and consequently, I thought, well worth watching. I'd recommend it to Agatha Christie die hards and also to those (like my husband) who has never read one of her books. Brilliant acting, as usual.