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A Hercule Poirot named John Malkovich

Madrid / John Malkovich becomes a peculiar and elderly detective Hercule Poirot in the television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel “The ABC murders”, in Spain from Friday 15 March on channel #0 in Movistar.

Malkovich transforms the famous whiskers of the most famous dectective in the world, the Belgian Hercule Poirot, in a gray-haired group with a moustache and goatee which emphasize the severe expression and give the detective-here, completely bald-an older age than usual.

Chapter on demand

The chapters, which will be available on demand each week, recover the case of a serial killer who, in 1933, frightens Great Britain.

Known under the abbreviation “A.B.C.” this always follows the same alphabetical pattern: thus, Alice Ascher is murdered in Andover and Betty Barnard is found dead on the beach of Bexhil; In addition, with each corpse, the murderer leaves a copy of the railway guide.

The retired detective Hercule Poirot follows the trail of this murderer after receiving threats signed with the same name, so he is forced to pursue it by the United Kingdom following the messages of the railway stations.

Poirot is older; his former colleagues in the police no longer trust him, society does not respect him and the only one who seems to pay attention to him is a criminal. The detective questions himself: his authority, his integrity, his past and even his identity.

Thus, following his trail, Poirot will realize how much the world has changed around him: England is mired in the Great Depression, the rise of Nazism hits Germany and the world has become a less tolerant and welcoming place.

The rol of Malkovich

Malkovich plays a character very different from his predecessors on the rol, which obviates the vain and somewhat caricatured side of the Belgian inspector, to focus on the man in decline who lives the last stage of his life, forgotten, marginalized as foreigner and tormented by the memories of war.

According to Piers Wenger, head of BBC Drama responsible for the fiction, producers are “absolutely delighted” that John Malkovich has agreed to “use his extraordinary skills as an actor for this starring role”, which have been interpreted among others Peter Ustinov, Ian Holm, Alfred Molina or Kenneth Branagh.

The TV series “The ABC murders” tells the cast with Rupert Grint (the redhead of the saga “Harry Potter”) in the role of Inspector Crome and with Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke, among others. (February 18, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se habla de...  
A
una película de detectives.
B
la adaptación de una novela de Agatha Christie.
C
la publicación de una novela de Agatha Christie.
Question 2
Según el texto, esa serie...  
A
ya se está emitiendo en España.
B
se emitirá a finales de este mes.
C
se podrá ver a mediados de marzo en España.
Question 3
En las novelas de A. Christie, el detective se llama...
A
John Malkovich
B
Hércules Poirot.
C
Rupert Grint
Question 4
Según el texto, en esta serie Poirot...
A
aparece más joven de lo normal.
B
es un hombre joven.
C
ya es un hombre mayor.
Question 5
Malkovich interpreta a...
A
un detective que está ya jubilado.
B
un detective que todavía no se ha retirado.
C
un asesino en serie.
Question 6
Según el texto, Poirot persigue a...
A
un asesino que no sigue un patrón claro.
B
un asesino que sigue un patrón.
C
un hombre que solo ha cometido un asesinato.
Question 7
En el vídeo se dice que Agatha Christie...
A
solo tomaba notas tras publicar una novela.
B
nunca hacía anotaciones cuando escribía.
C
anotaba mucho cuando escribía.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, esas anotaciones...
A
podían dar la vuelta al desenlace de una novela.
B
nunca afectaban al desarrollo de la trama.
C
no muestran cómo trabajaba A. Christie.
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Algo 'peculiar' es...    
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cotidiano.
B
habitual.
C
singular.
Question 2
Un ferrocarril es...    
A
un tipo de barco.
B
un coche.
C
un tren.
Question 3
El pelo de la 'perilla' crece...      
A
en las cejas.
B
en la barbilla.
C
en el labio superior.
Question 4
Lo contrario de 'declive' es...  
A
'decadencia'.
B
'descenso'.
C
'ascenso'.
Question 5
En el texto, 'encarnar' es...    
A
dirigir una película.
B
escribir un libro.
C
interpretar a un personaje.
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