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Not gun shot wounds, but shots of of miners in the Rhondda Valley and men working at the Powell Duffryn Pit and Penallta Mine in Ystrad Mynach taken by an unsung Fleet Street photojournalist, James Jarché, in the 1930s. 

Now, his grandson, David Suchet, best known for playing Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective, is coming to Wales this October to film part of an ITV1 documentary which follows the footsteps of his photographer grandfather. Jarché’s long and successful career saw him produce some of the most famous images of the 20th century including snaps of the famous London gun siege in Sidney Street in 1911, and the first ever picture of the Prince of Wales with Mrs Simpson, which he took in secrecy in a London nightclub.

Director Harry Hook, of Testimony Film, is keen to make contact with some of the stars of Jarché’s pictures who depict the life of mining families and men going down the pit. Anyone who knows faces from the pictures or has any information can contact Rosie Bristowe of Testimony Films on 0117 925 8589 or email Alternatively they can write to Testimony Films, 12 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RH.

Suchet is a keen photographer himself after becoming interested when his grandfather gave him a Kodak camera as a present.


Photo: David Suchet as Agatha Christie's iconic Belgian detective.

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