David Suchet as Poirot and Joan Hickson as Miss Marple from the BBC adaptations.
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are two of Agatha Christie's most famous characters, but fans are divided as to which is the better detective.
Jane Marple, who appears in 12 of Christie's novels and 20 short stories, is an unassuming little old lady with a sharp wit, keen observational skills and a great understanding of human nature. She solves cases by comparing the behaviour of the people involved with those of the inhabitants of her village. People underestimate Miss Marple at their peril.
Poirot is a Belgian former policeman turned private detective, distinguished by his excellent moustache and use of "the little grey cells". He appears in a whopping 33 novels and over 50 short stories. He is arrogant, yet charming in his own way.
If you are a Christie fan, which of the two detectives do you prefer, the little grey cells or the knitting nemesis?
I don't have a favourite per se, but I do like they way that Miss Marple consistently allows other people to underestimate her, and ruthlessly manipulates people around her to get the results she's after. The only reason she isn't a villain herself is that those results usually work out well for the people around her, and she rarely profits directly.
Oh Paul! That's way TOO scientific for me! Just love her for what she does & I don't try to go deeper!
Had the privilege of meeting David Suchet ('Poirot'), when he toured here last year with drama play 'The Last Confession'. Absolute gentleman & very funny. Fabulous to see on stage, as are ALL great actors/actresses.
Can't chose between the two, as I love them equally! They each contribute their 'own way' of crime solving. Such was the genius of Christie.