Doctor Who : The Day Of The Doctor ( Making Of and other stuff )

For those who haven’t seen it yet   ** Spoilers **

Here is a deleted scene :

I love that last scene, it always gives me tears…

Regarding The Night Of The Doctor a very short making of :

Enjoy and see you for The Time Of The Doctor, well I’ll continue to catch up and watch Matt Smith’s episodes…

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)

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Drama written by Mark Gatiss telling the story of how Doctor Who was first brought to the screen in November 1963.

The BBC’s Head of Drama Sydney Newman puts young producer Verity Lambert in charge of developing his idea for a children’s sci-fi series, and character actor William Hartnell is persuaded to take on the lead role of a mysterious time-traveller known only as ‘the Doctor’.

Starring David Bradley, Brian Cox, Jessica Raine, Sacha Dhawan, Lesley Manville and Claudia Grant.

A beautiful tribute to all the creators of the legendary TV show, especially to the first actor who played the Doctor, William Hartnell. Brilliant !

Here is the behind the scenes :

Agatha Christie’s Poirot : Curtain – Poirot’s final case (2013)

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Crippled with arthritis, Poirot is now using a wheelchair and has a life-threatening heart condition, but remains as sharp as ever. Calling on old friend Captain Hastings for assistance, he returns to Styles, where the pair first met 30 years earlier on a murder investigation. The detective is convinced the country house is once again harbouring a killer, and as guests fall victim to a mysterious attacker, he must summon the last of his strength to battle his ultimate nemesis.

Detective drama, starring David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid, Philip Glenister, Helen Baxendale, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley and Shaun Dingwall.

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In the documentary ‘Being Poirot’, David Suchet embarks on a personal journey to explore the appeal of Agatha Christie’s enduring character, having played the role on screen since 1989, and prepares for his final days’ filming on set. The actor also travels to Belgium in search of the detective’s roots and visits the author’s former summer retreat in Devon, where he first met her family 25 years ago after being cast in the series.

First of all, the location where that episode was filmed is quite different from the one seen in the Mysterious Affair at Styles that was adapted more than twenty years ago. In 1991, we could see a splendid big cottage and in this last episode, a place that looked like more a small castle; it’s true that we are dealing with a lot more characters in this story than in the first Poirot’s case, so they needed more space.

I have to say that David Suchet was just perfect – well, he is always perfect as Hercule Poirot – but he was particularly in that last episode. Kevin Elyot’s adaptation is faithful to Agatha Christie’s novel and the cast is great.

“I don’t see how I can do a story that isn’t based on something written by Agatha Christie,” said David Suchet in an interview. As a fan of her books for more than thirty years, I have no intention to read Sophie Hannah’s novel next year. Agatha Christie wrote Curtain in the forties with the wish that it was published after her death, because she didn’t want somebody else using her characters in another story. It was her last will. And I, as a reader, will be faithful to it.

I didn’t cry when I saw that last episode, because as we can reread books with pleasure, we can watch David Suchet as Poirot again and again, thanks to DVDs or VOD. And I’m looking forward to reading David Suchet’s book ‘Poirot and me’ :

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As a last word, I’ll just say “Chapeau bas, Monsieur Suchet!” ( Hats off to you, Mr Suchet ! )

A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley

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Part One – The New Taste for Blood – Dr Lucy Worsley examines the dark history behind Britain’s fascination with murder. In the first edition, she explores how notorious killings were transformed into popular entertainment in the first half of the 19th century: Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811, Suffolk’s notorious 1827 Red Barn murder, and the so-called “Bermondsey horror” of 1849.

Part Two – Detection Most Ingenious – The historian explores how science and detection influenced the popular culture of murder during Victorian times. She talks with Kate Summerscale about the case of the Murder at Road Hill House.

Writers including Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins were fascinated by grisly crimes, and the literary genre that came out of it captured the imagination of readers. The presenter also reveals that when Jack the Ripper began his reign of terror in London at the same time Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published, the idea of the serial killer was introduced to the British public.

Part Three – The Golden Age – In this last part,  the historian tells the story of one of the first high-profile killers – Dr Crippen, who was hanged in 1910 for poisoning and dismembering his wife – before turning her attention to the interwar period, when detective fiction reached the peak of its popularity at the hands of authors Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers. After undergoing the elaborate initiation ceremony of the Detection Club, which was set up by a group of British writers in 1930, Lucy considers how Alfred Hitchcock’s films and Graham Greene’s books eclipsed the traditional murder-mystery story in the depiction of homicide.

A very interesting  three part documentary in which I heard for the first time about very famous murder cases in the UK.

I’ve seen months ago both TV Dramas  with Paddy Considine as Mr Whicher, the first case was fascinating; the second was pretty boring and lacked credibility – maybe because it was fictional.

Personally, I can’t read true crime stories. I’m an Agatha Christie fan and I usually like those whodunits knowing that it’s fiction. Anyhow, Lucy Worsley gave me the wish to discover Dorothy L. Sayers’ novels and her characters – Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.