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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead

Airs Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: David Suchet in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot.

David Suchet ("Henry VIII," "The Way We Live Now") returns to his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries, , "Cat Among the Pigeons," (May 6) and "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" (May 13), based on the novels by Agatha Christie.

Christie Up Close

Mathew Prichard, the grandson of Agatha Christie, gives a rare glimpse into the life and work of Christie through words and images in this Masterpiece Mystery! interview and slideshow.

David Suchet Interview

MASTERPIECE's Richard Maurer interviewed Suchet about his similarities to Poirot (they are both perfectionists), their differences (everything else), and Suchet's plans to continue on as Poirot.

Whether he's on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his "little grey cells" by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.

"Mrs. McGinty's Dead" - Mrs. McGinty was killed by a brutal blow to the head, and her lodger James Bentley (Joe Absolom, "EastEnders") is sentenced to hang for the murder. As Poirot joins forces with famed crime novelist Ariadne Oliver (Zoë Wanamaker, "Harry Potter") to save Bentley from the gallows, he doesn't realize his own life is in danger. The cast includes Amanda Root ("The Forsyte Saga," "Persuasion").

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