The A.B.C. Murders
John Malkovich steps into the shoes of the world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, in this stylish and moody three-part mini-series set in industrial England in the 1930s.Wreaked with self-doubt, the ravishes of age and a questionable accent, he finds renewed purpose with the arrival of a series of cryptic letters, and as the bodies and red-herrings pile up Poirot deductively searches for the culprit. Ideal Sunday night fare.
Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes
ABC Comedy, 9.10pm
National treasure that she is, the British comic actor, presenter and writer Dawn French didn’t try her hand at stand-up comedy until just a few years ago; 30 Million Minutes roughly refers to her 59 years alive when this live special was recorded. If that sounds like a career running in reverse, it nonetheless allows French both a command of her audience and the confidence to make daring and unexpected leaps. She begins by welcoming «ladles and jelly spoons», but soon she’s reflecting on ageing and mortality before later invoking her father, who inspired her as a child and young woman before he committed suicide. French is chatty and agreeable, winning your confidence as she makes you laugh, but what she does with that connection is also revelatory.