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Poirot to be cancelled after 22 years on ITV

Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective says au revoir, as ITV reportedly considers cutting the show.

David Suchet has played Hercule Poirot on the small screen for over two decades.
David Suchet has played Hercule Poirot on the small screen for over two decades.
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LONG-RUNNING DETECTIVE series Poirot looks set to be axed after 22 years, as ITV seeks to cut costs across the network.

The iconic Belgian sleuth has been played on television by David Suchet for the past 22 years, with 65 episodes being produced. The shows have a global audience of 330 million.

Only six of Agatha Christie’s original Poirot stories have not been translated to the small screen with Suchet in the lead role, and the actor had apparently expressed a desire to complete the set.

However, The Sun reports that ITV looks likely to discontinue the series due to a lack of funds, with an insider telling the paper that “it seems certain there will be no more”.

ITV refused to confirm the rumours, with a spokesperson saying the company was  in “active discussions” about filming more episodes.

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