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The stateside Summer of Poirot kicked off last Sunday with “The Big Four,” and how merveilleux was it to see David Suchet return to the screen as our favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. But there is more of Suchet in store beyond the four remaining episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He also takes us on a behind-the-scenes journey when the special, Being Poirot, comes to local public TV stations starting today.

David Suchet Being Poirot
Courtesy of ITV Studios, Acorn Productions

Oui, mes amis, there is more David Suchet and Poirot on the way.

In addition to starring in the last four feature-length Poirot episodes — “Dead Man’s Folly” (August 3 on PBS) and “Elephants Can Remember,” “The Labours of Hercules” and “Curtain” (August 11, 18 and 25, respectively, exclusively on Acorn TV) — Suchet takes us where viewers have never been before in Being Poirot.

Stanley Tucci host of Being Poirot
Stanley Tucci, courtesy of © Dennis Allen

Hosted by Academy Awards nominee and Golden Globes winner Stanley Tucci, Being Poirot is a tribute to Hercule Poirot by David Suchet, the actor who, over the course of 25 years, portrayed the iconic character in 70 films that comprise every Poirot story written by Agatha Christie.

More than 700 million viewers in more than 100 countries have watched the Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, and Englishman Suchet has become synonymous with the Belgian sleuth. For most, if not all, of us, Suchet is Poirot.

For Suchet himself, Poirot is “much more than the character on the written page. Hercule Poirot, for me, almost is a real person.”

Suchet’s relationship with Poirot, both in inhabiting the character and having the character inhabit him, is an experience to behold in Being Poirot — from Suchet becoming Poirot as soon as the mustache goes on in the makeup chair, to his referring to props used in the series, now on exhibit in the Agatha Christie Gallery of the Torquay Museum, as “my desk” and “my radio.”

Suchet takes us through how he used his own little grey cells to know and understand Poirot and to get into the character, which raises the questions of “Who is Poirot?” and “Why is Poirot so popular with so many people around the world?” To answer them, Suchet takes us with him on several trips — on a journey of discovery — to the birthplaces (yes, plural) of Poirot and on the Orient Express, amongst others.

David Suchet reading Murder on the Orient Express
Courtesy of ITV Studios, Acorn Productions

Along the way we meet individuals who have worked with Suchet on Poirot, such as  “Dead Man’s Folly” costar Sean Pertwee, as well as those who have been central to the TV series, including Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, and Christopher Gunning, the composer of the now instantly-recognized Poirot theme. Others who shed light on Christie’s relationship with Poirot, the appeal of Poirot (such as among Belgians), and the character of the character include Suchet’s friend and Poirot biographer Geoffrey Wensell, archivist John Curran, and Belgian crime writer Stan Lauryssens.

Poirot Moustache CU David Suchet Make Up
Courtesy of ITV Studios, Acorn Productions

There is much more to the story of Poirot in Being Poirot, and no one tells it better than Suchet, who says of his alter ego:

“[Poirot] is the person who was responsible for my life for 25 years… I got to know him, I’ve lived him… He’s my invisible, closest, and best friend.”

The following public TV stations are confirmed for airing the Being Poirot special starting today. Local premiere dates and times are provided for those stations whose information was available prior to publishing this post. For all others, check your local listings or contact the station serving your area via the logo links below.

Note that these stations will also broadcast the final three Poirot episodes beginning November 1, 2104 (check your local listings), and that the DVD for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 13 will be released on November 4, 2014 (available for preorder now).

AlabamaBirmingham, Decatur, Demopolis, Dozier, Florence, Huntsville, Louisville, Mobile, Montgomery, Mount Cheaha, Selma8/17/2014 7:00PM
ArizonaPhoenix8/10/2014 8:00PM
ArkansasArkadelphia, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Mountain View8/10/2014 9:00PM
CaliforniaHuntington Beach, Los AngelesTBA
CaliforniaSacramento9/6/2014 10:00AM
CaliforniaSan Diego8/17/2014 9:00PM
CaliforniaMonterey, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, Watsonville8/17/2014 7:30PM
ColoradoColorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Grand Junction, Pueblo, Steamboat SpringsTBA
ConnecticutFairfield, Hartford, New Haven, NorwichTBA
District of ColumbiaWashington, DC8/7/2014 8:00PM
FloridaFt. Myers, Naples8/17/2014 8:00PM
FloridaGainesville8/17/2014 9:00PM
FloridaJacksonville8/17/2014 8:00PM
FloridaMiami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach8/17/2014 9:00PM
FloridaPanama City, Tallahassee8/9/2014 9:00PM
FloridaPensacola8/17/2014 7:00PM
FloridaTampa-St. Petersburg8/17/2014 9:00PM
GeorgiaAlbany, Athens, Chatsworth, Cochran, Columbus, Dawson, Pelham, Savannah, Waycross, WrensTBA
GeorgiaAtlanta8/10/2014 8:00PM
HawaiiHonolulu, Wailuku8/10/2014 7:00PM
IdahoBoise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Moscow, Pocatello, Twin FallsTBA
IllinoisChampaign, Urbana8/17/14 8:30PM
IllinoisJacksonville, Macomb, Quincy, SpringfieldTBA
IllinoisPeoria-Bloomington8/14/2014 9:00PM
IndianaSouth Bend-Elkhart8/17/2014 8:00PM
IowaCedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Red Oak, Sioux City, WaterlooTBA
IowaRapid CityVia KRNE/Nebraska Education TelevisionTBA
KansasTopeka8/17/2014 8:00PM
LouisianaAlexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport8/10/2014 8:00PM
MaineAuburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Calais, Orono, Portland, Presque IsleTBA
MarylandAnnapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Oakland, Salisbury8/8/2014 9:00PM
MassachusettsSpringfield-Holyoke8/10/2014 9:00PM
MichiganDetroit8/10/2014 9:30PM
MinnesotaMinneapolis, St. PaulTBA
MinnesotaRochesterVia KYIN/Iowa Public TelevisionTBA
MissouriColumbia, SedaliaTBA
MissouriKansas City8/10/2014 2:00PM
MissouriSt. Louis8/10/2014 8:00PM
NebraskaAlliance, Bassett, Hastings, Lexington, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha8/14/2014 8:00PM
NevadaLas Vegas8/10/2014 9:30PM
NevadaReno8/17/2014 8:00PM
New HampshireDurham, Hanover, Keene, Littleton8/10/2014 9:00PM
New YorkAlbany, Schenectady, Troy8/17/2014 9:00PM
New YorkBinghamtonTBA
New YorkBuffaloTBA
New YorkNew YorkVia WEDW/Connecticut Public TelevisionTBA
New YorkNorwood, Watertown8/17/2014 7:00PM
New YorkPlattsburg8/10/2014 7:00PM
New YorkRochesterTBA
North CarolinaAsheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Edenton, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Linville, Lumberton, Raleigh-Durham, Roanoke Rapids, Wilmington, Winston-SalemTBA
North DakotaBismarck, Devil’s Lake, Dickinson, Ellendale, Fargo, Minot, Valley City, Williston; Crookston MNTBA
OhioAkron, Alliance, YoungstownTBA
OregonCorvalis, Eugene, La Grande, PortlandTBA
OregonBend, Klamath Falls, MedfordTBA
PennsylvaniaAllentown, Philadelphia8/13/2014 10:00PM
PennsylvaniaAltoona, Clearfield, JohnstownTBA
Rhode IslandProvidenceVia WEDN/Connecticut Public TelevisionTBA
South CarolinaAllendale, Augusta, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Conway, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter8/10/2014 9:00PM
TennesseeChattanoogaVia WNGH/Georgia Public BroadcastingTBA
TennesseeNashville8/22/2014 7:00PM
TexasAustin8/17/2014 8:00PM
TexasSan Antonio8/10/2014 7:00PM
UtahRichland, Salt Lake City, St. George8/10/2014 8:00PM
VermontBurlington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, WindsorTBA
VirginiaCharlottesville, RichmondTBA
WashingtonCentralia, Tacoma8/3/2014 8:00PM
WashingtonKennewick, Pasco, Richland8/10/2014 9:00PM
WashingtonSeattle, Yakima8/14/2014 9:30PM
West VirginiaBluefield-Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg-Weston, Grandview, Huntington, MorgantownTBA
WisconsinGreen Bay-Appleton, La Crosse-Eau Claire, Madison, Menomonie, Park Falls, Wausau-Rhinelander8/10/2014 8:00PM
WyomingCasper-Riverton, LanderTBA


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David Suchet on Being Poirot: Special Premiering on Public TV