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2008-09-21 12:00:20

By Steve Pratt Poirot: Cat Among The Pigeons (tomorrow, ITV1, 9pm) Arena: The Hunt For Moby Dick (tonight, BBC2, 10.30pm) MARK Gatiss has always loved Agatha Christie books and read the books religiously as a child. So the County Durham-born actor and writer was delighted when asked to adapt one of her Hercule Poirot novels for ITV1. Surprising, really, that he found time to fit it in his crowded schedule. Since finding fame as one of The League of Gentlemen comedy outfit, he?s taken...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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