Poirot (1989–2013)
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A young woman is delivering a set of antique Napoleon miniatures to an American collector when they are stolen from her suitcase. Captain Hastings, under Poirot's guidance, sets out to find the thief.


Richard Spence


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
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Norton Kane
Caroline Milmoe Caroline Milmoe ... Mary Durrant
Elspet Gray ... Miss Penn
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ... Sergeant Vinney
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Police Constable Flagg
Michael Shannon ... Mr Baker Wood (as Michael J. Shannon)
Amanda Garwood Amanda Garwood ... Lady Amanda Manderley
Paul Gabriel Paul Gabriel ... Speedy Tours Rep.
Harry Goodier ... Billy Arkwright
Jeffrey Perry Jeffrey Perry ... Hotel Receptionist
Anne Small Anne Small ... Pianist


A bored Hercule Poirot announces that he is going to retire and suggests that he and Captain Hastings go to the seaside for a short holiday. While there, they meet a pleasant young woman who is delivering a set of miniature portraits to an American buyer on behalf of her aunt, an antiques dealer. When they arrive at their destination she is shocked to find that the miniatures are missing and that the American had already bought them from an elderly lady more than an hour before. As Poirot has retired he leaves the case in the hands of Hastings who slowly puts the facts together and not surprisingly comes to the wrong conclusion. In the end, it is left to Poirot to suggest the solution to the crime and brings all of the parties together for an interesting lunch. Written by garykmcd

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11 February 1990 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)


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This takes place partly in the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire, England opened in 1933. Restored in 2008. It is built in the style of Art Deco / Streamline Moderne. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Hastings: Isn't it bracing, Poirot?
Hercule Poirot: Bracing, Hastings?
Captain Hastings: The weather.
Hercule Poirot: No, it is cold and wet. Did you know, Hastings, that the earth is cooling at a rate of three degrees every twelve thousand years?
Captain Hastings: No, I didn't know that, no.
Hercule Poirot: Ah.
Captain Hastings: Still, beautiful fountain, isn't it?
Hercule Poirot: It's feeble, Hastings. Fountains used to be more vigorous. Artistic too.
Captain Hastings: I don't know what's wrong with you today, Poirot. Nothing seems good enough for you.
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Poirot retires?
27 September 2015 | by kaberi-893-642316See all my reviews

If the last episode ("The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim") was an example of an excellent combination of story adaptation and original material, this one was more like a counterexample. Although there was nothing wrong with how they adapted the original story, I found the original material baffling.

The original story was portrayed well enough. On vacation, Poirot and Hastings meet a young girl on a bus who says she's taking some miniatures from her aunt's antique business to sell in a neighboring town. But when they arrive there, she shows our dynamic duo her suitcase; the small case inside, where the miniatures are supposed to be, is empty and the lock has been forced. Apparently someone stole them, got to the buyer ahead of the girl and took 1500 pounds cash in exchange for the antiques. It's up to Poirot and Hastings to straighten out the situation.

All well and good so far. But apparently the writers couldn't allow Poirot to simply be on vacation. No, he has to announce at the beginning of the episode, "I am nothing. I have nothing. Poirot is finished." and then suddenly declare to Hastings "I am taking you to the seaside." Then Japp and Miss Lemon need something to do, so Japp is now touring the countryside lecturing, and Miss Lemon has lost her keys. Not to mention the secret elopement thrown in as a red herring. There is a revelation at the end that somewhat explains this bizarre behavior, but it all feels thrown together. Rather disappointing.

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