Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Veiled Lady 

Poirot becomes a criminal himself when he agrees to help a beautiful woman recover a letter written in her youth that is being used to blackmail her.



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Episode cast overview:
... Hercule Poirot
... Captain Hastings
... Chief Inspector Japp
... Miss Lemon
... Lady Millicent
... Lavington
Carole Hayman ... Mrs Godber
Tony Stephens ... Sergeant
Don Williams ... Constable
... Museum Guard
Peter Geddis ... Museum Guard


Poirot despairs at the lack of crime - and work - concluding that he, Hercule Poirot, has scared off the criminal classes. His mood brightens when Lady Millicent Castle-Vaughn - the veiled Lady of the title - asks him to recover from her blackmailer some indiscreet letters written in her youth. Unable to convince the man to reduce the amount asked for, Poirot decides to take matters into his own hands and steal them. As Poirot and Hastings learn however, not all is as it seems, starting with Lady Millicent. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 January 1990 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Frances Barber appears here as Lady Millicent, and ten years later in the fourth episode of series 12, The Clocks, as Merlina Rival. See more »


When Poirot is cycling along the street for the first time heading to Lavington's house, a modern car is clearly visible on one of the driveways. See more »


[first lines]
Jewellery Store Owner: Stop, thief!
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Written by Johann Strauss
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A cracker of an episode
30 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'm surprised to see this episode languishing at the foot of the table (Poirot rankings IMDb,) for me this is one of the best short story adaptations, mainly because this is where for me (and i'm sure many others) the Frances Barber idolising started, when she meets Poirot and drops that veil she is so beautiful, and gives a wonderful performance in this episode, bouncing brilliantly off all the cast. There's a good amount of humour in this one, Poirot, Japp and the housekeeper deliver some great lines. It's not the most in depth episode I guess, but it is all perfectly delivered, how nice it would have been for it to be longer, I can't resist watching this one over and over, it is brilliant!!

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