The ABC Murders: Miniseries (2018)


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The ABC Murders

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The ABC Murders liberally adapts the famed Agatha Christie mystery while retaining its thrilling spirit, thanks in part to the sly performance of John Malkovich, who inhabits Hercule Poirot with enough wizened panache to win over those who were skeptical of his casting.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 53

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Air date: Feb 1, 2019

It's 1933, and an older and greyer Hercule Poirot receives letters threatening murder. When no-one listens to his appeals, the once great detective must take matters into his own hands.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2019

The ABC killer sends more letters promising to spill blood. Hercule's past, integrity and identity come into question while he fights a rising tide of xenophobia.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2019

With the ABC killer still on the loose, Hercule realises that only he holds the key to the murders. He faces a race against time to stop the bloodbath.

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Set in the 1930s, the series follows the famous detective Poirot as he faces a serial killer known as A.B.C.

Cast & Crew

John Malkovich
Hercule Poirot
Rupert Grint
Inspector Crome
Andrew Buchan
Franklin Clarke
Jack Farthing
Donald Fraser
Tara Fitzgerald
Lady Hermione Clarke
Bronwyn James
Megan Barnard
Freya Mavor
Thora Grey
Kevin McNally
Inspector Japp
Anya Chalotra
Lily Marbury
Eve Austin
Betty Barnard
Lizzy McInnerny
Jenny Barnard
Michael Shaeffer
Sergeant Yelland
Christopher Villiers
Sir Carmichael Clarke
Conrad McCroddan
Beautiful Young Man
Neil Hurst
Benny Grew
Basi Akpabio
Executive Producer
James Prichard
Executive Producer
Damien Timmer
Executive Producer
Helen Ziegler
Executive Producer
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The ABC Murders Miniseries

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

While everyone else is hamming it up playing monstrous psychopaths on an operatic scale, Malkovich wafts glumly from scene to scene, his facial expressions rarely more animated than someone trying to do long division in his head.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Phelps adapts this particular mystery novel taking a few liberties, and all of them are commendable. The hero is more vulnerable, even tragic, and Malkovich plays him tenderly, without overplaying him at all.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Sarah Phelps gives [Poirot] the tragic refugee's back-story Christie unaccountably overlooked in a drama about identity, migration and fear of the other.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With the basic joys of superior sleuthing mostly stripped out, the remaining pleasure you expect from a Christie adaptation is the opportunity afforded to a talented cast by its congregation of suspects and victims.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

No one will ever call Mr. Malkovich a minimalist, but he does strip away the customary flamboyance, thus making Poirot new.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The ABC Murders can lose momentum and leave one wondering if a brisker two-hour mystery would be more enjoyable for one's little grey cells.

Dec 4, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

For those who stick with it, the miniseries' second half has a few clever, satisfying twists up its sleeve.

Apr 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Gritty, overly dark mystery series has an older Poirot.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The ABC Murders is the least successful of Phelps' recent Christie adaptations, though it is still entertaining enough.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The series is dry and without much humor, its focus on a more visceral violence and disturbing nature than past Poirot tales, and its ramifications on Poirot's nature.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This was the most compelling take on the character I've ever seen.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Be aware that it's not your mother's or grandmother's idea of Christie or Poirot.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The ABC Murders: Miniseries

  • Feb 11, 2021
    Whatever it is, it isn't Agatha Christie and it isn't Poirot.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Possible the worst Poirot adaptation ever made, this bears virtually no relation to the original story what so ever. If you want to make something else, make something else and call it something else. Please don't trash much loved stories.
  • Jan 03, 2021
    If you're going to adapt a novel into a TV show, changing major parts of the plot is just going to ruin it for those who know the novel. This is also extremely slow, and really quite boring. I'm a fan of Malkovich, but playing a Belgian detective in 1930's Britain is a step beyond his talents.
  • Apr 01, 2019
    Dreadful. They butchered Agatha Christine story.
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Terrible version of the original. The acting was brilliant but changes from the original and addition of xenophobia was unnecessary.
  • Feb 12, 2019
    First episode was slow moving but the subsequent episodes hooked me!
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Terrible adaptation of the great Agatha Christie's work. Malkovich is not Hercule Poirot, slow and no personality. The twists were too drawn out to make a longer series. Very disappointing.
  • Jan 31, 2019
    It is only three episodes?! Maybe it should be called a mini-miniseries.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    A darker, brooding take on Agatha Christie. Malkovich's Poirot comes off as much more human, though the genius and attendant arrogance is still present. Overall, it's a welcome change from the Christie adaptations of the past. Very chilling.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    I had good fortune to watch both the BBCs version and last week a repeat of ITVs David Suchet as Poirot in same mystery so able to compare. Whereas BBC adaption had Poirot as a has been, the ITV was lively and engaging and very watchable, plus helped being contained within two hour slot, not stretched out over three nights. The flash back in new version culminating in our discovery of Poirot as a priest not a policeman was sacrilege to original book. Might as well re-write all history, perhaps hitler was a misunderstood flourist and not a failed painter! Just change the back story doesn't matter! Poirot is nimble light and intelligent not dark moody and a social outcast in BBC version. Getting sick to death with BBC and what they do to drama, take Dr Who as example of ruining a classic. For me the BBC needs to fend gf or itself and fail if produces programs nobody will watch. Might then dump SJW rubbish.

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