David Suchet: 'It was emotional being together in Poirot's flat for the last time'

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David Suchet said it was 'emotional' to be reunited with his former co-stars for one of the last ever episodes of Poirot.

The Big Four, which screens on Wednesday, October 23 on ITV, is the first of four swan-song episodes for Agatha Christie's dapper Belgian sleuth and sees Poirot investigating a case of international espionage. It also marks the return of Pauline Moran as Poirot's secretary Miss Lemon, Philip Jackson as Japp, who is now an Assistant Commissioner, and Hugh Fraser as Poirot's old friend Captain Hastings, who will also be back for the very last episode, Curtain, which screens next month.

"They all bring out different sides to Poirot; Miss Lemon is a little version of him, he could only have a secretary like her, whatever Japp may think as an ordinary policeman, Poirot is always 20 steps ahead and sideways of him and then Hastings is the everyman who represents what the audience is thinking and there is lovely humour in their relationship," says David, who admits that he found it bittersweet to be working with the three actors again after several years apart.

‘It was emotional being together in Poirot’s flat for the last time, which harked back to the early days, but it was wonderful to have them back," he says. "We all look a bit different although they told me I didn’t, but I’ve been playing him older anyway."

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Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.