Hercules Poirot fans puzzle over mystery of time-travelling tune

Hercules Poirot fans puzzle over mystery of time-travelling tune

December 15, 2018

Fans of Hercules Poirot will have more than one mystery to puzzle over in the BBC’s ­Christmas whodunnit.

The ABC Murders, with John Malkovich as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, is set in 1933.

Yet in one scene prostitute Lily Marbury, played by Anya Chalotra, ­whistles ­Somewhere Over The Rainbow – a song not released until 1939.

So how could Lily know a tune that did not exist?

Director Alex Gabassi admitted it was a simple blunder. He said: “Anya chose to do that by herself and then it felt right.

"I tried to look for other songs but we couldn’t get the permission for them. This one we could.”

The drama, also starring Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, depicts Poirot on the trail of a serial killer.

Alex and writer Sarah Phelps made a few tweaks to the sleuth we know and love.

He is only ever called Hercules and has lost his trademark waxed moustache and comedy French accent.

Sarah said: “I wanted to think of the man behind the public persona.”

The ABC Murders starts on BBC1 on Boxing Day at 9pm.

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