With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
Hercule Poirot is hired by Lord Pearson, who happens to be the head of the bank where Poirot keeps his accounts, to find Mr. Wu Ling who was to have attended a meeting at the bank that morning, but who has disappeared. The missing man was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine. When the man is found dead, Poirot finds himself searching for a killer. All of the evidence seems to point to an American, Charles Lester, but Poirot finds that to be just a little too convenient. At home, Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves involved in a vicious game of Monopoly! Written by
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Community Chest. You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect ten pounds.
Thank you very much, Hastings. It would appear that skill plays but a little part in this game, hein?
It's all about skill. What to buy and when. Where to put your property.
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I have always loved Poirot, and I love The Lost Mine just as much. There are a couple of clues that are so obvious on re-watch that you I agree do wonder how on earth you could've missed first time. But I have to say, that is what I loved about this episode, as well as the fact that it seemed difficult at first, but actually it is really quite simple. The story is very clever and always gripping, with a thrillingly unexpected twist. I also liked seeing how the police worked then, and the scene where Poirot makes his trip to the bank is after from the ending my second favourite scene of the episode. The Lost Mine is technically, sumptuously made with splendid photography and period detail and hauntingly scored, complete with droll, thoughtful writing. The acting is as good as can be, David Suchet I cannot praise enough, he really is the embodiment of the dapper detective. Overall, a really fine episode, one of the stronger earlier episodes to me. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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