Kevin Elyot Or Nick Dear

I have been watching both Poirot and Marple adaptations lately and I came to the conclusion that the two best writers on both series where Kevin Elyot and Nick Dear. I am intersted in your opinion on who of these two is THE best Poirot/Marple writer.
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  • GKCfanGKCfan Wisconsin, United States mod
    Are we only discussing the screenwriters who worked on both series?
  • StephenNortonStephenNorton Kovin, Serbia Fan
    No, I meant in general, all the screenwriters who worked on either of them.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    It would be helpful to me at least if you reminded us which Adaptations each worked o that for me is the way I would choose
  • StephenNortonStephenNorton Kovin, Serbia Fan
    All right. So, the most important writers are:
    Kevin Elyot (Five Little Pigs, Death On The Nile, Curtain, The Body In The Libary, The Moving Finger, Towards Zero, A Pocketfull of Rye, A Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side, Endless Night)
    Nick Dear (The Hollow, Cards On The Table, Mrs McGinty's Death, Three Acts Tragedy, Elephants Can Remember, Dead Man's Folly)
    Stephen Cruchett (A Murder In The Vicarage, 4:50 From Paddington, Sleeping Murder, The Sittaford Mistery, Nemesis, Murder Is Easy)
    Stewart Harcourt (The Clocks, Murder On The Orient Express, A Murder Is Announced, By The Pricking Of My Thumbs, Ordeal Of Innocence, The Blue Geranium)
  • GKCfanGKCfan Wisconsin, United States mod
    What about Clive Exton (21 episodes: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0264088/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr9) and Anthony Horowitz (11 episodes: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0395275/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr14#writer).  They've both played major roles in the Agatha Christie's Poirot series.  

    In many ways, Exton is the writer most responsible for the show's success– he wrote so many of the series' early episodes and helped to set the tone, balance, and characterization of the series.
  • StephenNortonStephenNorton Kovin, Serbia Fan
    Well, I skipped both of them on purpose, because the style of the first eight series, and the last five, is really, really not comparable. Most of the Clive Exton episodes were short stories. Here is the list of the novels these two adapted:
    Clive Exton (Peril At The End House, The Mysterious Affair At Styles, The ABC Murders, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, Hercule Poirot's Christmas, The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, Murder In Mesopotamia)
    Anthony Horowitz (Hickory Dickory Dock, Murder On The Links, Lord Edgware Dies, Evil Under The Sun)
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭
    It all depends whose ide a it was to change the sex of a Murderer in Body In The Library, and change Cards On The Table so drastically, does the writer decide or is he told to ruin books? On balance I think Churchett and harcourt did better jobs than the other 2 but Exton and Horowitz were the best, ITvs treatment of Poirot was better than ITVs treatment of Miss Marple but some Poirot's are really not very good.
  • StephenNortonStephenNorton Kovin, Serbia Fan
    edited March 3
    I don't know, but Exton's and Horowitz's style didn't really sit well with me. And I don't really mind the changes, as long as they are done with some purpose. All in all, Elyot would probbably be my pick for the best writer.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭

    Most of the time the Changes aren't done with some purpse, It seems to me some people just read the synopsis and rhen write what they want


  • StephenNortonStephenNorton Kovin, Serbia Fan
    Well, that's true when speaking of "Cards on the Table". In "The Body in the Libary", I actually prefered Elyot's solution to Christie's!
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