10:59 15 November 2011
David Suchet is to star as Poirot once again, in the final five adventures of the Belgian sleuth.
The actor has played Agatha Christies famous detective in 65 films over the past 22 years.
The new films, which are based on the remaining Poirot novels and short stories which have yet to be adapted, will signal the end of Suchets portrayal of the character.
Suchet said of his role reprisal:
"I'm more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot. It's been my life's ambition to bring this amazing canon of works to completion.
"Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated character and I've always loved playing him.
"He's considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he's so vain and pedantic! For all his faults he is one of the greatest listeners in literature. I've been so fortunate to play him."
The final films include Poirots last case, Curtain, which sees him return to the scene of his first case in a bid to prevent another murder.
The other four films will be Elephants Can Remember, Labours of Hercules, Dead Man's Folly and The Big Four.
ITV has also commissioned three more Marple tales, starring Julia McKenzie.
A Caribbean Mystery, Endless Night and The Seven Dials Mystery will be filmed during 2012.
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