Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 2, Episode 8

The Kidnapped Prime Minister (25 Feb. 1990)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Kidnapped Prime Minister (original title)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Crime
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 349 users  
Reviews: 4 user

When the prime minister is kidnapped right before an important international arms summit, Poirot has just 32--and a quarter--hours to find the prime minister.



(dramatized by)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $4.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 68 titles
created 11 Oct 2011
a list of 72 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
a list of 4111 titles
created 06 Apr 2012
a list of 2124 titles
created 08 Mar 2013

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Kidnapped Prime Minister (25 Feb 1990)

The Kidnapped Prime Minister (25 Feb 1990) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Agatha Christie: Poirot.
« Previous Episode | 18 of 70 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs Daniels
David Horovitch ...
Commander Daniels
Ronald Hines ...
Sir Bernard Dodge
Lord Estair
Timothy Block ...
Major Norman
Jack Elliott ...
Kate Binchy ...
Milo Sperber ...
Henry Moxon ...
Oliver Beamish ...
Sergeant Hopper
Anthony Chinn ...
Shi Mong


En route to the train station to attend a disarmament conference in Paris, the Prime Minister's car is attacked by what the press describe as ruffians. The PM is slightly injured and does make it across the Channel to French soil, but never arrives in Paris. Poirot is called in by senior government officials as it appears the Prime Minister has been kidnapped. He soon comes to the conclusion however that the evidence from the first attack doesn't quite add up and all is not what it seems. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

murder mystery | See All (1) »





Release Date:

25 February 1990 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(36 episodes)


See  »

Did You Know?


When Mrs Daniels leaves home followed by Hastings, both cars go over a speed bump, which weren't introduced to the UK before the 1970s. See more »


[first lines]
Chief Inspector Japp: No sign of him yet.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Poirot works to find the Prime Minister
8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poirot and Hastings are called in to find "The Kidnapped Prime Minister" in this episode of "Agatha Christie's Poirot." There was a failed assassination attempt on the Prime Minister already, and he was left with a head injury when the bullet grazed him. The following day, he is on his way to a summit in France when his car is hijacked and the Prime Minister is kidnapped.

Inspector Japp recommends to the heads of state that Poirot as the man to put on the case, as there are only 32 hours left before this summit, where the Prime Minister can help to keep Germany from rearming.

Japp soon regrets his recommendation and sees his pension go down the drain as Poirot has his own way of investigating, to the annoyance of everyone. He concentrates on the assassination attempt rather than the kidnapping.

Very good mystery, though again, I had the crucial part figured out -- I've seen too many mysteries, I guess. Nevertheless, Poirot is in top form, smiling but firm as he investigates, and he has Hastings and Miss Lemon helping out. Hastings, in fact, has a good assignment in this episode.

I so prefer these earlier episodes to some of the longer episodes done later, where the writing seemed to change Poirot's personality to something grim. This one is highly recommended.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
watched it on Masterpiece recently sml7799
Was Curtain the best Poirot ever? djosephh
OT: The Monogram Murders sn939
The Labours of Hercules..what did you think? djosephh
watch it online smcbee27
Should Agatha Christie's Poirot be viewed as two separate series? AnnOnymous
Discuss The Kidnapped Prime Minister (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: