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Most of Agatha Christie’s works have been adapted into feature films, television series and radio programs, and translated into dozens of languages. And over the past five years, nearly twenty of them have gotten le traitement français in the sexy and stylish French TV series Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie).

Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie
Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie, courtesy of Acorn TV

Whether or not Christie’s Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot would call the French detectives of Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christiemes amis,” one can only speculate, but what is certain is that viewers in the land of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité have taken to the series like champagne and caviar since it debuted in 2009. Francophiles on this side of l’Atlantique have also been delighting in seven of the series’ episodes since 2012.

Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie - Les Meurtres ABC
Courtesy of Acorn TV

Six of the episodes are set in 1930s France and star Antoine Duléry (De l’Autre Côté du Lit) as Superintendent Larosière, whose two passions are les belles femmes and solving crimes, and Marius Colucci (Populaire) as his sidekick, the hapless young inspector Lampion.

Five of the six episodes are adapted from novels featuring Hercule Poirot:

The non-Poirot Larosière/Lampion episode is Am Stram Gram (“Eeny Meeny Miny Mo”), based on one of Christies’ personal favorites, Ordeal by Innocence.

Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie - Jeux de Glaces
Courtesy of Acorn TV

The last of the seven Set 1 episodes — Jeux de Glaces (“Mirror Games”) — features Samuel Labarthe (Le Divorce) as the très suave Commissioner Laurence, and Blandine Bellavoir (Maison Close) as journalist Alice Avril, in this adaptation of They Do It with Mirrors, a Miss Marple novel, set in 1950s France.

All seven episodes are in French with English subtitles, and rated “for mature audiences” due to “nudity, sensual situations, violence, and coarse language.”

Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie: Set 1 is available on Region 1 DVDs and currently streaming in the US at Acorn TV and Amazon Instant Video.

Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie: Set 1 (US link)Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie: Set 1 (US link)

Les Petits Meurtres D'Agatha Christie: Set 1 (UK link)Les Petits Meurtres D’Agatha Christie: Set 1 (UK link)


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