The Small Murders of Agatha Christie: “We move away from novels but we keep the spirit …

The new season 3 of “Small murders of Agatha Christie” returns this evening on France 2 with a new investigation entitled “Le Vallon”. Meeting with Emilie Gavois-Kahn, Arthur Dupont, and Chloé Chaudoye, the star trio of the successful series.

Launched last January on France 2, season 3 of Small Murders by Agatha Christie, which features a new trio of investigators and this time plunges us into the 70s, returns this evening to the air with a new unpublished episode entitled “Le Vallon”.

For this third installment of season 3, which is inspired by the style of the queen of crime but is not directly adapted from one of her novels (contrary to what its title might suggest), direction a surgery clinic ultra chic aesthetic where the jet-set from all over the world is operated in the greatest secrecy.

Gréco and Beretta are in charge of investigating the murder of a young surgeon and the death of the big boss of the establishment, shot dead. What is Doctor Rivière’s luxurious clinic hiding? This is what the three heroes of the series will have to try to find out, especially since Rose’s mother, a faithful patient at the clinic and Doctor Rivière’s mistress, is on the list of suspects.

While another unpublished Little Murder by Agatha Christie will also be offered next Friday on France 2, we met the three main actors, Emilie Gavois-Kahn, Arthur Dupont, and Chloé Chaudoye, during a round table organized in as part of the Séries Mania Festival. They tell us more about this new version, their characters, their chemistry on the set, and their wishes for the future.

Did a handover happen with your predecessors Samuel Labarthe, Blandine Bellavoir, and Elodie Frenck, when joining the adventure for this third season?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn (Annie Gréco): No, we’ve never met them. In reality, it is Sophie Révil, the producer and artistic director of the series, who ensures this continuity. It’s her baby, she’s the one who has been carrying The Little Murders of Agatha Christie from the start. And all the people she brings back to the project are going in the same direction as she is. And then we must also say that the technical teams and the production teams have largely remained the same, so it was easy to fit into this continuity. Everyone welcomed us with open arms.

Chloe Chaudoye (Rose Bellecour): On the other hand, we still watched season 2. Sophie Révil wanted us to watch a few episodes to see the tone of the series, the rhythm of the comedy.

Arthur Dupont : Yes because, in the end, the writing mechanics are a bit the same since the first season. It is this particular rhythm and the singularity of human relationships, especially within this trio, that create interesting situations and interest for the viewer. It’s a real pleasure to play in this series.


In your opinion, do these new episodes, which are no longer strictly speaking adaptations of novels, rather manage to approach or move away from the work of Agatha Christie?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: What is certain is that Sophie Révil succeeded in getting Agatha Christie’s great-grandson to be able to write new stories by being inspired by Agatha Christie, without being in the own adaptation. So, obviously, we are moving away from novels, but I find that we keep the Cluedo spirit. There is elegance, and at the same time there is mystery. There are murders, it can be scary, it can make you laugh. We really stay in that spirit.

Arthur Dupont: I’m not a great specialist in Agatha Christie, but what I find from what I knew from novels or adapted films is that I want all the characters to be guilty (laughs). All are suspect, but with greed. We take pleasure in seeing such and such a suspect and potentially guilty character. And everything is foiled in an absurd way every time.

How do you enjoy your respective characters?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: The pleasure of playing characters who are well written, in the sense that they are complex, rich, subtle, precise. And that they complement each other, because it circulates between the three heroes, but also with the forensic scientist, who is played by Benoît Moret. It works really well between us. And even if there is a framework that is enjoyable, we manage to find real freedom and we really have fun.

Arthur Dupont: I really enjoy playing Beretta because it has a certain clumsy and nagging panache. He can go to the forehead with his head down, but he can be quite loose too. He is afraid of women in a way. He has a history that is not easy with his father and it touches him a lot. He’s a very sensitive person, in fact. And there are a lot of nuances within it.

Each time we receive the scripts, we really enjoy reading and rediscovering the characters, because the authors manage to draw new threads from characters that we thought we knew by heart since we play them. And in fact there is always a small element in addition, an exchange which is very well seen. I find that very strong.

How did you create this trio dynamic between yourselves on the set?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: Alchemy started with work. It’s not just that we get along well and that we are going to drink shots (laughs). It started on first reading. Immediately, we realized that we wanted to work all three in the same way.

Chloé Chaudoye: Alchemy is also done by urgency. In the work, during the shooting, everything is very dense. And if the three of us aren’t up to speed, there’s no need to even think about doing anything.

What does the 70s mean to you in terms of aesthetics?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: For me it’s that we smoked everywhere. I have lots of pictures of me as a baby with parents or grandparents who have cigarettes in their mouths right next to them. Today we would call DDASS if we saw that (laughs). The image I have of the 70s is that it’s normal to be smoky.

Arthur Dupont: Me, without thinking, it’s silhouettes and Woodstock.

Chloé Chaudoye: Me too, I would say music first and foremost and Woodstock.


You start to get to know your characters well. Are there any character traits you would like to see explored in future episodes? Or aspects of their private life or their past?

Arthur Dupont: Regarding Beretta, I would like us to deepen the relationship with his parents a little, even if we are already talking about it. In one of the episodes we just shot, there are more concrete elements that could explain things about his behavior, his anger. So I would like us to continue to dig in that direction.

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: For the moment I am quite satisfied, I have no particular request. I think Annie Gréco is quite colorful. And at the same time there are times when we can see its fragility, its flaws, its contradictions. I want her to stay like this. I have no particular desire to explore themes or his relationship to his family. Everything is fine with me for now. But what interests me is the dynamic within the trio with Beretta and Rose. How it is knitted between them. Perhaps with nothings, with a look, a gesture. That interests me.

Arthur Dupont: But on the episodes that we have read, there is something new in the reports, and that’s great. The authors are almost ahead of us, that’s great. They have a horizon in front of them and they could be satisfied to dig the relations which already exist without pushing further, since the series is not feuilletée. Each episode exists by itself, and we do not necessarily make links between the episodes. But there is still an evolution, it is progressing slowly, we can already feel it.

Chloé Chaudoye: I don’t necessarily have any particular wishes because I trust the authors. But it’s true that there is this conflicting relationship between Rose and her parents, and sometimes I think to myself that it would be funny to see what would happen if she left, if she left them. But all that is reflected with the writers. And Sophie sometimes asks us what we dream of for our characters.

Do you see yourself staying on the show as long as your predecessors, who spent 7 years as their characters?

Emilie Gavois-Kahn: We will stop there I think, after six episodes (laughs). No, but it is impossible to answer this question. It’s like a love story, you never know how long it’s going to last.

Arthur Dupont: All I know is that I don’t want to do all that. And when we have a recurring role which brings us pleasure, work, gratification, and which nourishes us artistically, we quickly fall into a certain comfort. And in this profession, if you only do one and the same thing, you are quickly cataloged.

But luckily it’s 4 months of filming a year, so that leaves us time to do something else. So as long as I can do different things on the side and renew myself in the game, I’ll be happy and see no reason not to continue.

Episodes 3 and 4 of season 3 of The Small Murders of Agatha Christie are already available in preview on Salto.

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