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    The First and Final Days as Poirot: David Suchet Speaks

    by Darwyn Carson — David Suchet is Hercule Poirot. Hercule Poirot is David Suchet. Agatha would be proud...

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    25 Years In The Making: David Suchet On Playing Agatha Christie's 'Poirot'

    "Agatha Christie's Poirot" is retiring. The British series, having been on the air since 8 January 1989, has now adapted every single major literary work by Christie that featured the eponymous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

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    'Theatreland' Doc Features Broadway & London Stars McKellen and Stewart

    Did you miss "X-Men" stars Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings") and Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") on Broadway in "Waiting for Godot" and "No Man's Land"? (The two distinguished Brit thespians did not land Tony nominations.) Athena is releasing on May 5 the DVD documentary "The...

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    Foyle’s War: The Home Front Files, Sets 1 – 6 (22 Discs)

    Guest column by Alice Maltin — Always late to the ball, I’ve just completed watching "Foyle’s War" (sets 1–6). Given the state of the economy, this is a great way to travel to the U.K. ...

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    Stream Them Now: Five International Series to Check Out, From Gillian Anderson's Belfast Crime Drama to Guy Pearce's Melbourne Mystery

    August is a quiet month for television, so after you've savored "Breaking Bad" on Sundays, why not take a look at one of the imports below? Thanks to the growth of streaming sites, shows from different countries that wouldn't always find a network in the U.S. are now available legally here.

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    MIDSOMER MURDERS – DVD review

    When actor John Nettles decided to hang up his badge as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and walk into the sunset (or wherever they told us he was going), that ended one of TVs most enjoyable British murder mystery series. Then they had the audacity to return with Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barna...

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    How the Growing Availability of International TV Shows Online Could Provide U.S. Programming With Tough Competition

    As the internet becomes an increasingly viable channel for watching TV -- and, for many young people, their primary source -- the barriers that would otherwise block certain types of programming from viewers are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

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    The Crimson Petal And The White

    I grabbed this two-disc set from Acorn when it arrived because I’m a sucker for anything English and Victorian. As usual, I’m late to the fair because it’s been showing on Encore and I should have gotten my review in last week.  Please don’t tell anyone. (At least I&rsqu...

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    Encore's Big Miniseries Showcase: Garai in 'The Crimson Petal and the White,' Plus 'Pillars,' 'Dove' & 'Titanic'

    In a kind of doubleheader, Encore will kick off its “Big Miniseries Showcase” on September 10 and 11 with the North American debut of “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai (“Emma”) as a clever prostitute in Victorian London...

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    DVD Watch: First Roles of Now Famous Stars

    Psst! If you want to peek into the past, Acorn Media is making it easy. Want to watch Keira Knightley at age 9? Try Acorn’s DVD of “A Village Affair,” a TV movie whose lesbian love story takes place in a small English village. How about Orlando Bloom at 13 in “Midsomer Murders"?

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