Just watching the ABC documentary on David Suchet and Hercule Poirot, and the archivist has just identified the first mention of Hercule in her ‘secret diaries’. What fun. She details his invention – a refugee, because there were a lot of them at the time (c. 1916), a little man, with a grand moustache. Later on, in a very Ariadne Oliver moment, she writes:
“Why, why did I ever invent this fantastical, bombastic little man… What is an egg-shaped head? Have you every seen an egg-shaped head?”. David Suchet says he can speak for the egg-shaped head, and he then later goes to the theatre where Poirot first took the stage, and where Agatha wrote that she had seen Poirot before her.
I have loved both the Peter Ustinov and David Suchet interpretations of Poirot, and this documentary is as delightful as the series.