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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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