The finale of long-running series 'Poirot' shocked ITV viewers last night.
It saw the Belgian detective bow out by taking his own life, in an adaptation of Agatha Christie's final Poirot novel 'Curtain'.
In the episode, Poirot kills a dangerous psychopath in order to protect others, and then having turned murderer himself, commits suicide.
David Suchet, who has played the role for more than 25 years, described it as 'the hardest shoot of my life'.
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“One of the reasons we had to do ['Curtain'] first; I lost two stone,” he said, of shooting the final episode first in this latest series, in which Poirot is seen in a much more frail state.
“It was extraordinary, preparing for the end. Not a pleasant thing to do... to know that I'm going to die.”
He added that the his final scenes were like 'saying goodbye to a dear, dear friend'.
“It's not me being theatrical,” he said. “I've lived with this man for 25 years.
“He's been part of my life for a quarter century, and I thank god that I had four more films in front of me, that I could be him again.”
4.9 million viewers tuned in to the final episode. [Digital Spy]
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