Richard E Grant hosting new documentary ‘Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime’

ITV has a great new documentary this Easter for fans of Agatha Christie!

Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime will celebrate the queen of crime and her most enduring literary creation, Hercule Poirot.

The 90-minute documentary will be presented by Richard E Grant (Downton Abbey, Withnail & I), featuring contributions from Christie’s family and famous fans.

The roster of famous enthusiasts and experts includes actors Zoe Wanamaker (Miss Selfridge), Hugh Fraser (Poirot), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather), Danny John Jules (Death in Paradise), Stephen Fry (QI), and Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek).

Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz, historian Bettany Hughes, and cultural expert Gus Casely-Hayford will also appear.

Marking 100 years since the first literary appearance of Christie’s illustrious super sleuth, Agatha & Poirot charts the origins and history of Hercule Poirot and trace the inimitable Belgian detective’s lasting impact upon popular culture.

The one-off film also explores the life and personal experiences of Christie, which inspired the plots, characters and locations of her literary masterpieces.

Poirot fans will take a trip to Christie’s Devon home of Greenway with her great grandson James Prichard; experience luxury train travel with actress Joanna Page; explore Poirot’s popularity across the big and small screens with comedian Stephen Fry; and delve into Christie’s love of luxury food with chef Marcus Wareing.

Prichard commented: “I think it is a testament to my great grandmother and her extraordinary creation Hercule Poirot that we are still celebrating them after 100 years, and also that there is still so much to learn.”

Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime airs on ITV at 9pm on Monday 5th April in the UK.

It’s expected to premiere in the US on BritBox at a later date.

The documentary’s executive producer, Sohail Shah said: “Agatha Christie is the biggest selling crime writer of all time, and her own life is as compelling as her many novels.

“With Richard E Grant at the helm, it is our privilege to tell the story of the writer that created the greatest detective in literature.”

Examining the relationship between Christie and her longest literary life companion Hercule Poirot, Agatha and Poirot: Partners in Crime will delve into the story behind some of Christie’s most timeless publications, from Poirot’s first outing in The Mysterious Affair at Styles to later pursuits in Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile.

It was recently announced that Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Death on the Nile movie will now arrive in cinemas three years later than originally planned.

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.