Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Theft of the Royal Ruby 

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Poirot reluctantly agrees to help an Egyptian prince recover a valuable royal ruby that was brazenly stolen from him during the Christmas holidays.


Andrew Grieve


Anthony Horowitz (dramatized by), Clive Exton (dramatized by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Frederick Treves ... Colonel Lacey
Stephanie Cole ... Mrs Lacey
David Howey ... Jesmond
Antony Zaki Antony Zaki ... Prince Farouk (as Tariq Alibai)
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Sarah Lacey
John Vernon John Vernon ... David Welwyn
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ... Desmond Lee-Wortley
Robyn Moore Robyn Moore ... Gloria
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Peverill
Alessia Gwyther Alessia Gwyther ... Bridget
Jonathan R. Scott Jonathan R. Scott ... Colin (as Jonathan S. Bancroft)
Edward Holmes Edward Holmes ... Michael
Siobhan Garahy Siobhan Garahy ... Annie Bates
Susan Field ... Mrs Ross


When Prince Farouq of Egypt foolishly lets a tart wear a fabulously valuable royal ruby, she simply walks away with it. With Hastings away in Scotland for the Christmas holidays, Poirot finds himself spending Christmas with the Lacey family. Colonel Lacey, a well-known Egyptologist, was one of the few people who knew the ruby was in England. As Poirot investigates, he learns that the Colonel is having financial difficulties and also that one of the house guests, Desmond Lee-Wortley, may not be of the soundest character. With the help of the children in the household, Poirot sets a trap for the thief. Written by garykmcd

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The story has been published in several collections of Agatha Christie's short stories; "Double Sin and Other Stories" in the U.S.; "Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Other Stories", "The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories", and "While the Light Lasts" in the U.K. and Europe. See more »


The cook had prepared two plum puddings, a large one for Christmas and a smaller one for New Years. The larger one was dropped while being cooked and it was stated that the smaller one was served at Christmas but during the meal it was obviously the larger pudding served. See more »


[first lines]
Prince Farouk: One of my father's most valued possessions. From the reign of the Pharaoh Pherisees.
[Waiter empties Champagne into his glass]
Prince Farouk: Some more.
Waiter: Yes, Your Highness.
Prince Farouk: And some coffee for the woman.
Waiter: Very good, Your Highness.
Prince Farouk: [as Iris rises] Where're you going?
Iris Moffatt: Just going to powder my nose; won't be a minute.
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O Come, All Ye Faithful
Lyrics (English translation from Latin) by Frederick Oakeley
Lyrics and Music by John Francis Wade
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The Order of the Golden Snake has a ruby to find.
31 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The festive season, and a foolish, conceited young Egyptian Prince is duped into handing over a ruby of immense value to a young woman at a Hotel. Poirot is called in to help.

I like the Christmas backdrop, it's authentically done, the music, decorations etc. It's a nice looking episode, the home of the Lacey's is gorgeous, I'm sure it's a property that's popped up a few times in TV dramas.

It boasts a strong cast Stephanie Cole, Freddie Treve, Helena Michell, all are good value, Tariq Alibai is a little hit and miss the ignorant young Price Farouq, it ends with a bit of farce.

Not the strongest episode truth be told, but it's an intriguing enough watch, the Christmas setting certainly adds to the atmosphere. It's quite an obvious outcome, you'll probably deduce it quicker then our Belgian's grey cells. How is definitely more interesting then who.

Festive fun 7/10

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24 February 1991 (UK) See more »

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