Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly 

Poirot tries to prevent the kidnapping of a country squire's son. While his plan fails, all is not what it seems.


Renny Rye


Clive Exton (dramatized by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Marcus Waverly
Julia Chambers Julia Chambers ... Ada Waverly
Dominic Rougier Dominic Rougier ... Johnnie Waverly
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Tredwell
Carol Frazer Carol Frazer ... Jessie Withers
Sandra Freeman Sandra Freeman ... Miss Collins
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Rogers
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Hughes
Phillip Manikum Phillip Manikum ... Sergeant
Jona Jones Jona Jones ... Constable
Jonathan Magnanti Jonathan Magnanti ... Policeman


Mr. Waverly, a man whose wealth belongs to his rich wife, comes to engage Poirot's services. He has had a letter telling him that his little son Johnnie will be kidnapped for ransom. Although Poirot is present at the Waverly home, the kidnapping goes ahead but all is not as it first seems. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

22 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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| (36 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hastings' car is a Lagonda M45 T9 Rapide Open Tourer with the 4.5 litre engine. Lagonda was a marque of the Aston Martin Company. See more »


[first lines]
Jessie Withers: Come on, you have a go.
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Far too obvious
16 July 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A country squire, Marcus Waverly, approaches Hercule Poirot with a case. He has been receiving anonymous letters, threatening to kidnap his son, Johnnie, unless a ransom is paid. Every time Mr Waverley ignores the letter and does not pay the ransom, the ransom goes up. Poirot is intrigued and takes the case. Chief Inspector Japp and the police do not consider the letters a genuine threat and are doing nothing. Poirot and Hastings head out to the Waverly estate to investigate for themselves. Not sooner have they arrived and another anonymous letter arrives, specifying the date and time that Johnnie will be abducted.

One of the worst Poirot episodes, if not the worst. Almost from the start, the culprit is obvious. The story is fairly predictable and the kidnap plot quite transparent.

So, no intrigue at all. The only interesting thing is the sub-plot involving Hastings and cars, plus the usual wonderfully colourful portrayal of Poirot by David Suchet.

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