3 Detective Characters from Literature to Cinema

Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes

3 Detective Characters from Literature to Cinema

Literature has always been a source of good stories and characters for cinema and television. Earning millions of dollars and viewers, adaptations like Pride and Prejudice and The Lord of the Rings have proved that taking books to the screen is always entertaining and profitable.

Celebrating the airing of Ingrid & Lola – United Against Crime, Eurochannel introduces you to three celebrated detectives who jumped from books to the screens to become larger-than-life characters.

Sherlock Holmes

The ultimate detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes was created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Not part of a police department but instead a consultant detective, Holmes first appeared in print in 1887, and became the protagonist in four novels and 56 short stories. His proficiency in observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic has been adapted many times to television and cinema, with more than 70 actors playing the part in over 200 films. The most famous in recent years have been the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, which earned Robert Downey Jr. a Golden Globe Award, Benedict Cumberbatch on the TV series Sherlock, and Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary.

Jules Maigret

The brainchild of Belgian author Georges Simenon, Inspector Jules Maigret is a commissaire (commissioner) of the Paris "Brigade Criminelle" who appeared in 76 novels and 28 short stories published between 1931 and 1972. Maigret has been portrayed by numerous well-known actors, including Pierre Renoir, Charles Laughton, Jean Gabin, Bruno Cremer and Rowan Atkinson. The latter two have been the most famous, as Cremer played the character in 54 adaptations during 1991–2005 in a series aired by Eurochannel, and Atkinson is the star of the new adaptation in the United Kingdom.

Hercule Poirot

Created by English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot is a Belgian detective who appeared in 33 novels, one play, and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975. The character has also been portrayed on radio, film and television by various actors, including John Moffatt, Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Ian Holm, Alfred Molina, Orson Welles and, most notably, David Suchet. The latter starred in the series Agatha Christie's Poirot from 1989 until June 2013.

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Jules Maigret

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