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Poirot’s Dead Man’s Folly filmed at Greenway House

Poirot fans are eagerly anticipating the next instalment of the hit TV drama which airs on
ITV later this week, Dead Man’s Folly will be one of the last starring actor David Suchet.
David Suchet filmed his latest scenes at Agatha Christie’s former holiday home in Dittisham.
The story starts when Hercule Poirot, famed Belgian detective, is invited to attend a murder
mystery fête, but when the murder becomes all too real, Poirot must begin his investigation.
The National Trust said due to the fact that Greenway is such a special place to
the family and Agatha Christie, everyone decided that it would be appropriate and fitting
to film the very last scene. The venue is a treasure trove of Christie memorabilia.
In 1938 Agatha Christie bought Greenway House, during the war it was requisitioned
and used by American officers and at one point she thought she might have to sell it to
pay a tax bill. But she managed to keep her summer retreat by writing a few more best
sellers.
The house now owned by the National Trust was even kept open during filming. Belinda
Smith said We felt it would be really lovely to share such an experience with the visitors.
We see about eight hundred visitors a day but because the filming was taking place
mainly outside and around the boathouse here at Greenway we could actually keep it
open to visitors, and our staff and volunteers worked extremely hard to make sure everyone
enjoyed it and the actors were fantastic.
They could actually walk around the site in costume, go between hair and make-up and
sets, and actually engage with visitors at the same time so it was a brilliant experience
for everyone, and when he’s in costume he’s actually Hercule Poirot completely, so
when he was going in between sets he would actually still be Hercule Poirot in the shop
or around the court yard in character, and if he had to talk to anyone and if he was meeting
people he would actually do so in character as well, but it was fantastic because everyone
could just come across him as we could with Tom Elllis and Zoe Wanamaker and
Sam Kelly it was brilliant. Since 1989 there have been three James Bonds, six Doctor
Who’s but only one Hercule Poirot.

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