At the last moment, however, the moustachioed TV sleuth has been saved.
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Producers have confirmed they have been asked to start writing a 13th series to be shown next year.
It seems Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth has been saved by the huge ratings success of ITV1’s period drama Downton Abbey.
Executives believe the public appetite for the era has been revived in the months since they first decided to drop Poirot back in January.
Screenwriter Nigel Dear is busy drafting the new scripts, which again star David Suchet.
It will be the final outing for the show, however.
Suchet, 64, said he plans to hang up his spats once he has finished filming the final six stories in three years time. He joked: "I don’t really have much choice, after all in The Curtain Falls, the final Poirot, he dies.”
And the star is adamant he will never film a Poirot tale not originally written by Agatha Christie.
He said: "When I took on the role I promised I would be true to the Christie stories and character – and that’s not for negotiation. I will say goodbye with a heavy heart but I will say goodbye.”
Suchet has become synonymous with the character since taking on the role in 1989.
He believes the future could lie in a younger actor portraying the detective’s earlier life in a modern-day story, just as BBC1 has done so successfully with Sherlock, about Sherlock Holmes. He added: "You could give the character a whole new life by exploring his early years.”
Poirot fans will see a return to the scene of his most famous case for a feature-length special over Christmas.
Murder On The Orient Express, originally a 1974 film with Albert Finney as Poirot, has been remade at a cost of £3million, using stunning CGI technology.
Suchet stars with Hugh Bonneville, Dame Eileen Atkins and David Morrissey.
A lot of the action was left on the cutting-room floor because it was deemed too gory. The story begins with a suicide and a woman being stoned to death on the streets of Istanbul.
Producer Karen Thrussell said: "We had to seriously chop it.
"The director wanted more blood and guts, particularly in the multiple stabbing scene, but stabbing is very violent and we didn’t want to give people nightmares.