Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 2, Episode 2

The Veiled Lady (14 Jan. 1990)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" The Veiled Lady (original title)

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Poirot becomes a criminal himself when he agrees to help a beautiful woman recover a letter written in her youth that is being used to blackmail her.



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Episode cast overview:
Lady Millicent
Terence Harvey ...
Carole Hayman ...
Mrs Godber
Tony Stephens ...
Don Williams ...
Lloyd McGuire ...
Museum Guard
Peter Geddis ...
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Poirot despairs at the lack of crime - and work - concluding that he, Hercule Poirot, has scared off the criminal classes. His mood brightened when Lady Millicent Castle-Vaughn - the veiled Lady of the title - asks him to recover from her blackmailer some indiscreet letters written in her youth. Unable to convince the man to reduce the amount asked for, Poirot decides to take matters into his own hands and steal them. As Poirot and Hastings learn however, not all is as it seems, starting with Lady Millicent. Written by garykmcd

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When Lady Millicent is standing on the table in the museum, she is wearing light tan shoes. But moments later she is wearing black shoes after she hops down and starts to run. See more »


[first lines]
Jewellery Store Owner: Stop, thief!
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Written by Johann Strauß
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6 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a fan of the series, I have always considered The Veiled Lady one of the better short-story adaptations. It is a little too short, only by about three or four minutes, but so much compensates. Once again, it is wonderfully made with an evocative atmosphere and everything on screen looking splendid, and the music is hauntingly beautiful. The story is clever and always compelling, I did like that Poirot does a lot of snooping around in this one and the climax in the museum is both thrilling and tense. The writing again is intelligent and thought-provoking, alongside the funny moments(Japp's "Nobody knows his real name, but they call him "Mad Dog"" is another addition to the already long list of funny moments in the Poirot series). The acting I also can't fault, David Suchet is as ever impeccable, and Hugh Fraser, Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran match him perfectly and their chemistry's a joy. Frances Barber has only been more lovely in the Inspector Morse episode Death of the Self in my opinion. Overall, a top-notch episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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