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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Episodes

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Air date: Feb 1, 2019
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Air date: Feb 1, 2019
3
Air date: Jan 31, 2019

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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

John Malkovich
as Hercule Poirot
Andrew Buchan
as Franklin Clarke
Freya Mavor
as Thora Grey
Bronwyn James
as Megan
Tara Fitzgerald
as Lady Hermione Clarke
Rupert Grint
as Inspector Crome
Anya Chalotra
as Lily Marbury
Terenia Edwards
as Miss Leigh
Gregor Fisher
as Dexter Dooley
Tamzin Griffin
as Alice Asher
Shirley Henderson
as Miss Rose Marbury
Lizzy McInnerny
as Jenny Barnard
Cyril Nri
as Father Anslem
Ian Pirie
as Peter Asher
Karen Westwood
as Mrs. Kirkham
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Critic Reviews for The ABC Murders Miniseries

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

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…
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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…

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…

John Malkovich brings a surprisingly dark and introspective version of the famed sleuth to the three-hour miniseries.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The ABC Murders: Miniseries

  • 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.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    John Malkovitch is magnificent as the rejected, fractured Poirot, his humanity on his sleeve, his complex damaged past hidden. His “little grey cells” are as effective as ever however and although it takes him sometime to satisfactorily uncover the killer he is as relentless as ever. He is an utterly different Hercule to David Suchet but a lot more likely for all that. The difference is gelled in the scene wher he gives up dyeing his beard after embarrassingly being told “Poirot you appear to be melting”. Perhaps a ittle less Agatha Christie than DS but fantastic drama. (We wont mention Kenneth Brannagh). Highly recommended!! SB
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Good performance by John Malkovich, as always, but unnecessary and unpleasant spin on the source material. The scriptwriter clearly just wanted sensationalism, whilst severely damaging the content.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    I Like Agatha Christie and I really like Hercule but this version was once again (in the bbc Agatha department) style over substance. If your going to change the main character from what we know ... just create a NEW character. It seems to be the thing at the moment to take a character that is an expert in his field and then to take him to pieces.. "Look everyone ne is now a down and out a shadow of what he was..." It felt like Hercule had fallen from his world into our universe. I knew i was in for trouble when the slow motion started and the fifth repeat of the over flowing coffee cup screened! Arty nonsense for the heck of it, full of arty shots. Just let the actors and the story unfold without being so darn up yourself!! I'm now off to watch a proper version of a Poirot.

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