Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim 

Poirot wagers Chief Inspector Japp that he can solve the mystery of a missing banker without leaving his flat.


Andrew Grieve


David Renwick (dramatized by)





Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Mel Martin ... Charlotte Davenheim
Kenneth Colley ... Mathew Davenheim
Tony Mathews Tony Mathews ... Gerald Lowen
Fiona McArthur Fiona McArthur ... Maid
Richard Beale Richard Beale ... Merritt
Bob Mason Bob Mason ... Sergeant
Peter Doran Peter Doran ... Policeman
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Delivery Man
Jonty Miller Jonty Miller ... Mechanic
Malcolm Mudie Malcolm Mudie ... Chief Engineer


A wealthy banker, Mathew Davenheim, disappears. He was last seen by his wife, leaving the grounds of his home. Suspicion falls on the head of Mr Davenheim's long-time business rival Gerald Lowen. Chief Inspector Japp gets Poirot involved in the case. However, due to some intellectual bravado by Poirot, he and Japp have a wager that Poirot can't solve the case without leaving his flat, resulting in Poirot being confined to his flat for seven days. This leaves Hastings to gather the clues, and we know how good a sleuth he is... Meanwhile, in between trying to solve the case, Poirot is working on conjuring tricks and looking after a friend's parrot. Written by grantss

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4 February 1990 (UK) See more »

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The time frame of this story can be speculated by the newspaper Japp places before Poirot with the headline "Bank Collapses. Demand Enquiry." There is a story below which mentions Sir Kingsley Wood as Minister of Health, a position he held from 1935 until 1938. See more »


At the dinner table, Poirot had his usual napkin covering his clothing. When he was asking Japp and Hastings the first of the two questions he needed answers to, the napkin disappeared, only to reappear when he was asking the second question. See more »


[first lines]
Maid: Mr. Davenheim is back, Madam.
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1812 Overture, Op. 49
composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
19 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim was adapted by David Renwick who would go on the create the television series Jonathan Creek. You can see Renwick's influence in this episode rather clearly. Poirot acquires an interest in conjuring and then there is the famous quip from a delivery man. A poirot for Mr Parrot!

Mr Davenheim (Kenneth Colley) is a wealthy banker living in a splendid house in the country. One day after listening to a record of the 1812 Overture, he tells his wife that he is going out for a walk. Davenheim is due to meet a man arriving by train for a business meeting at his house.

Mr Davenheim never returns. Inspector Japp wagers Poirot that he cannot solve this case in seven days without leaving his apartment. Poirot gets his tiny grey cells to whirl while Hastings does the legwork on his behalf.

The biggest problem with this episode is that the guest actor is distinctive looking having appeared in a Star Wars film and sent poor Bob Hoskins to the gallows in Pennies from Heaven. Therefore having him play dual roles was a bit of a giveaway and disappointing.

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