Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Adventure of the Cheap Flat 

When U.S. Navy plans for a new submarine are stolen and the thief tracked to London, the FBI sends an agent to work with Inspector Japp to recover them.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Robinson
James Robinson
Mr Paul
Jenifer Landor ...
Carla Romero
Ian Price ...
Teddy Parker
Nick Maloney ...
Bernie Cole
Luigi Valdarno
Anthony Pedley ...


Poirot finds himself working on two cases, the first of which is more of an amusement, or so it seems. After meeting a delightful young couple, Stella and James Robinson, at a party he sets out to prove to Captain Hastings that there must be a reason for their good fortune in getting a lovely flat at a ridiculously low price. He is also brought into a more formal investigation by Inspector Japp who is hosting a loud-mouthed American FBI Agent who is on the trail of thieves who have made away with secret US Naval plans for a new submarine. The American isn't too impressed that Scotland Yard have brought in a private detective or that Japp has taken away his gun. When Poirot sees the man the FBI is trailing, he also realizes it's the same man who he has seen lurking outside the Robinsons apartment block. Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1990 (UK)  »

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The film Japp, Hastings & Poirot are watching at the beginning is _G-men(1935)_ starring James Cagney. See more »


When the movie ends that Japp, Hastings and Poirot are watching, they (and most of the audience) leave immediately. When this show was set the national anthem was always played at the end of the movie and most people stood for it and didn't leave the cinema until it was over. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Hastings: It's all over, Poirot. You can open your eyes now.
Hercule Poirot: [opening his eyes] Hastings, this is the last time.
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The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
13 November 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hastings, Poirot and Japp go to the movies, seeing gangster films. Poirot is not impressed by solving crime US style with guns.

It just so happens a FBI detective has taken over Inspector Japp's office at Scotland Yard as he is on the trail of some stolen submarine plans from the US Navy. They have come across a man outside the Italian Embassy in London who appears to be familiar to Poirot.

The crux of the matter is that a young couple, the Robinsons have managed to rent a cheap flat that has been available to rent for some weeks which they brag about in a dinner party that Poirot has attended. Poirot thinks that the Robinsons are in danger.

This is an espionage tale but I did not think it hangs together well. A femme fatale who lured a young clerk in the navy and then double crossed the mafia.

Of course it was ironic to see Samantha Bond play Mrs Robinson who would go on to play Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan Bond films. Also keep a look out for a scrubbed up Gordon Wharmby, better known as Wesley the car mechanic in The Last of the Summer Wine.

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