Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Veiled Lady 

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.


Edward Bennett


Clive Exton (dramatized by)





Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Frances Barber ... Lady Millicent
Terence Harvey ... Lavington
Carole Hayman Carole Hayman ... Mrs Godber
Tony Stephens Tony Stephens ... Sergeant
Don Williams Don Williams ... Constable
Lloyd McGuire ... Museum Guard
Peter Geddis Peter Geddis ... Museum Guard


Poirot despairs at the lack of crime - and work - concluding that he, Hercule Poirot, has scared off the criminal classes. His mood brightens 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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14 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Frances Barber appears here as Lady Millicent, and ten years later in the fourth episode of series 12, Poirot: The Clocks (2009), as Merlina Rival. See more »


When Poirot visits the Natural History museum, Dippy the Diplodocus is displayed in the central hall. This dinosaur wasn't put on display until 1979. In the 1930's there was a display of African elephants. See more »


[first lines]
Jewellery Store Owner: Stop, thief!
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Written by Johann Strauss
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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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