Mark Gatiss pens new Poirot film for ITV1

That Mark Gatiss can’t do any wrong these days. Not content with starring in one of the most talked about comedy series of recent years (The League Of Gentlemen), he’s written and appeared in Doctor Who, and now news reaches me from the ITV press office that he’s penned a new Poirot film. He’s also adapting his terrific Lucifer Box novels for the small screen too (see story here).

Not surprisingly, ITV is quite keen to flag this up – these classy detective stories starring David Suchet always pull in big numbers. Gatiss has adapted Cat Among The Pigeons (the second of four new Agatha Christie adaptations), and the stories see the impressively-moustachioed sleuth deal with international espionage and a Middle Eastern revolution. Gatiss says of the project: “I’ve always loved Agatha Christie and read the books religiously when I was younger. When I was asked if I might consider adapting one, it was like pushing on an open door! It’s been a sheer delight and I know that, in David’s exceptional Poirot, my script is in the very best hands.”

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