Poirot investigates his last mystery at Greenway
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David Suchet returns as Hercule Poirot to exercise his little grey cells for the final time in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Dead Man’s Folly, which was filmed at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home, in June 2013.
What's the story?
Dead Man’s Folly was first published in 1956. The house at the centre of the mystery was inspired by Greenway and the grounds include a boathouse similar to the one where Marlene’s body was found. The programme went out on ITV on Wednesday 30 October at 8pm. Part of the 13th and final Poirot series, it was particularly fitting that Greenway played host to the stars and crew of this popular television series. David Suchet was joined by a stellar cast including Zoë Wanamaker, who played famous mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, Sean Pertwee, Sinead Cusack, Tom Ellis, Martin Jarvis and Sam Kelly.
Having the cast of Poirot at Greenway for the filming of the last-ever programme was a great honour but was also touched with sadness. We remained open to the public throughout the filming, which made it a busy time both for our visitors and for our very special guests. Coming across Hercule Poirot peering around the bushes while idly wandering around our mysterious gardens at Greenway certainly added a little thrill for our visitors.
What did the stars think?
David Suchet said: ‘I loved filming at Greenway because it took me right back to 1987 when I first met the Agatha Christie family and they invited me down to Greenway. That was my first visit to the house. Having the opportunity to film at Greenway was truly wonderful and a memory I will cherish.’
Tom Ellis, who plays Detective Inspector Bland, said: 'It was great filming in such an iconic location, if at times quite bizarre. As the grounds were open to the public, we would be at times walking between the set and our trailers while dressed as a 1930s policeman and would come across tourists visiting the property!’