remains one of the most important and influential plays of the twentieth century.
Arthur Miller's tale of religious hysteria in the Salem witch trials of 1692 is a masterpiece of profound social and political commentary mixed beautifully with human emotions and relationships on a small, interpersonal level.
The documentary, presented by Suchet himself, is filled with spoilers about the shooting of the last ever episode, so if you haven’t already read the book or know how the Poirot saga ends, you won’t want to ruin it for yourself.
Being Poirot also shows how some of the detective’s traits have rubbed off on the actor, as Suchet explains how he read all of the books and stories and painstakingly listed 93 notes about his character – right down to how many sugars he takes in his tea.
The teenage girls are truly terrifying in their seizures of self-imposed, hair-thrashing, convulsive hysteria and finger-pointing accusation, intimidated into these paroxysms by Samantha Colley’s bullying Abigail, the servant who had an affair with John Proctor and, now spurned, is out for vengeance.
Richard Armitage brings a powerfully imposing presence and a ferociously passionate contrarian spirit to this farmer who is haunted with guilt about his marital infidelity but who summons the courage to resist the temptation to save his own life by naming names.
Toby Luttrell, Anne Reid as Daisy Luttrell, Anna Madeley as Barbara Franklin, Matthew Mc Nulty as Major Allerton, Philip Glenister as Sir William Boyd Carrington, Shaun Dingwall as Dr Franklin, David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Alice Orr-Ewing as Judith, Helen Baxendale as Elizabeth Cole and Aidan Mc Ardle as Stephen Norton Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain /Being Poirot (8pm and pm, ITV)Nicely timed for Movember, the Belgian detective’s famous moustache is the only thing about him that’s not showing signs of age.
After 25 years, David Suchet lost two stone to play Poirot in his final case, and he’s now a frail old man in a wheelchair. If you’re recording these to watch later, don’t make the mistake of watching Being Poirot first.
It’s a joy to behold, as is seeing how you turn a feather into a paintbrush and a glass bowl into a magnifying glass.24 hours in A&E (9pm, Channel 4)As this returns for a fourth series, what does it say about us that we’d choose to watch seriously injured people for our own entertainment?Here, she keeps matters firmly rooted in the Salem of 1692 whose witch trials provided Miller with a way of confronting the Mc Carthyite Red scare of the 1950s.It’s a tribute to the play that its world, so deftly evoked, both resists updating and renders it completely unnecessary, such is the timeless relevance of its portrait of a community driven by paranoia into accepting lies as truth and demanding false accusations as the price of survival.Farber’s revival brings the nightmare madness home to us with an extraordinary physical intensity, a masterly feel for the different emotional rhythms in Miller’s scenes and a tension that is brilliantly sustained over the show’s three-and-a-half hours’ running time.The audience sits on all four sides of Soutra Gilmour’s spare set, giving the proceedings an intimacy of focus and creating the impression that the protagonists are in a crucible that is reducing them to their essence.Anna Madeley as John Proctor's wife Elizabeth gives a performance of great restraint as the dutiful wife trying hard to reconcile herself with her husband's infidelity.