Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Lost Mine 

When a Chinese businessman with a map to a long lost silver mine is found dead in Chinatown, Poirot must find the map and killer.


Edward Bennett


Michael Baker (dramatized by), David Renwick (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
Anthony Bate ... Lord Pearson
Colin Stinton ... Charles Lester
Barbara Barnes Barbara Barnes ... Mrs Lester
James Saxon James Saxon ... Reggie Dyer
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Chinaman
Richard Albrecht Richard Albrecht ... Lobby Clerk
John Cording ... Jameson
Gloria Connell Gloria Connell ... Miss Devenish
Julian Firth ... Bank Teller
Peter Barnes Peter Barnes ... Wilkins
Hi Ching ... Chow Feng


Hercule Poirot is hired by Lord Pearson, who happens to be the head of the bank where Poirot keeps his accounts, to find Mr. Wu Ling who was to have attended a meeting at the bank that morning, but who has disappeared. The missing man was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine. When the man is found dead, Poirot finds himself searching for a killer. All of the evidence seems to point to an American, Charles Lester, but Poirot finds that to be just a little too convenient. At home, Poirot and Captain Hastings find themselves involved in a vicious game of Monopoly! Written by garykmcd

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21 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)


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When Japp is in conversation with one of the radio cars, at one point the detective in the car says "Control to Unit 7". He is Unit 7, not Control. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Hastings: Community Chest. You've won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect ten pounds.
Hercule Poirot: Thank you very much, Hastings. It would appear that skill plays but a little part in this game, hein?
Captain Hastings: It's all about skill. What to buy and when. Where to put your property.
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References George White's 1935 Scandals (1935) See more »

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The Lost Mine
8 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Although I liked the setting in London's Chinatown area, apart from the initial beginning I found the mystery somewhat meandering after the mysterious Mr Wu Ling checks into a hotel and then disappears. Lord Person, head of the bank calls in Poirot to find Wu Ling as he was supposed to sell a silver mine to the bank.

You have Poirot complaining that it is the bank's fault that he is overdrawn. The endless game of Monopoly between Hastings and Poirot and then the sudden discussion of the stock market which both Hastings and Miss Lemon have an interest in.

There is a lot of back and forth between a lot of potential suspects but when the reveal comes, which I liked even though some of it makes no sense, such as the actual culprit's gambling habits and stock market flirtation. Yet other clues were obvious but could easily be overlooked by the viewer.

David Renwick co-wrote this episode, he would go on to create Jonathan Creek.

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