The last three telecasts are exclusive to the streaming service Acorn (www.acorn.tv). The official word:
With the summer 2014 premiere of the final episodes, David Suchet will have completed the unsurpassed feat of portraying Agatha Christie’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot in all 70 Poirot stories. For the last 25 years, David Suchet has been synonymous with the brilliant Belgian detective and recently received Royal Television Society’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Poirot.
RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of Agatha Christie’s Poirot’s final three feature-length mysteries, including Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, on Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of British TV in North America. Series 13 features five TV movies and begins with The Big Four and Dead Man’s Folly airing on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! on Sunday, July 27 and August 3; and available the day after broadcast on Acorn TV. The final three mysteries will be available ONLY on Acorn TV, at www.Acorn.TV and its popular Roku channel, among other platforms, beginning Aug. 11 for Elephants Can Remember, Aug. 18 for Labours of Hercules, and Aug. 25 for Curtain. Thereafter, all five mysteries will be available on Acorn TV, along with more than 60 of the previous episodes.
Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, Inc., said, “We are thrilled to exclusively offer the final episodes of one of the most iconic series in television history to Acorn TV subscribers. For the last quarter of a century, David Suchet has made an indelible mark on television with his portrayal of Poirot, and these final episodes feature a fitting goodbye to a beloved series.” Penella added, “Acorn TV continues to provide a welcome alternative for viewers looking for highly entertaining international content that can’t be found anywhere else. After a record-setting 2013 with the exclusive premieres of Doc Martin, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Guy Pearce’s Jack Irish, Acorn TV is set for another breakout year led by Agatha Christie’s Poirot.”
Since its debut on television in 1989, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective has put his brilliant intellect and fastidious nature to the test as he solves the most mystifying crimes of the Art Deco era. Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and pitch-perfect performances, these final five lavish adaptations feature the return of several fan favorites, including Hugh Fraser as Capt. Hastings, Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, as well as guest stars Iain Glen (Jack Taylor, Games of Thrones), Helen Baxendale (Friends), and Philip Glenister (Life on Mars). The feature-length mysteries in series 13 include: The Big Four, Dead Man’s Folly, Elephants Can Remember, Labours of Hercules, and Curtain.
Acorn TV streams the very best in British television as well as select series from Australia and Canada, including many series not available to U.S. and Canadian audiences anywhere else. Offering a free 30-day trial, Acorn TV is available at www.Acorn.TV and through Roku, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, among other soon-to-be announced platforms.
Currently, Acorn TV features a catalog of mysteries, dramas, documentaries, and comedies for catch-up viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. Acorn TV adds at least six series each month and features many of the most celebrated series in all of television with the complete series of Upstairs, Downstairs, Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect, and Brideshead Revisited, as well as all previous episodes of Midsomer Murders, Michael Kitchen’s Foyle’s War, and Martin Clunes’s Doc Martin.
RLJ Entertainment owns the hugely popular period detective series Foyle’s War as well as a 64% share in Agatha Christie Ltd, which manages Christie’s extensive literary works including characters Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence, and Miss Marple. Called the “chief curators of the best Brit TV” by TIME magazine, RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights to the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are available for broadcast television, digital streaming, and in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays