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.


Edward Bennett


Clive Exton (dramatized by)





Episode complete credited cast:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Frances Barber ... Lady Millicent
Terence Harvey ... Lavington
Carole Hayman Carole Hayman ... Mrs Godber
Tony Stephens Tony Stephens ... Sergeant
Don Williams Don Williams ... Constable
Lloyd McGuire ... Museum Guard
Peter Geddis 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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Frances Barber appears here as Lady Millicent, and ten years later in the fourth episode of series 12, Poirot: The Clocks (2009), as Merlina Rival. See more »


When Poirot visits the Natural History museum, Dippy the Diplodocus is displayed in the central hall. This dinosaur wasn't put on display until 1979. In the 1930's there was a display of African elephants. See more »


[first lines]
Jewellery Store Owner: Stop, thief!
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Written by Johann Strauss
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The Veiled Lady
1 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The episode has location shooting in Burlington Arcade and the Natural History Museum and is more humorous than usual but I found the climax just a little bit off but until then it went along nicely but with a few misgivings.

Poirot is consulted by the beautiful and veiled Lady Millicent who is being blackmailed by a man called Lavington for some letters she wrote in her youth which have come back to haunt her.

Poirot meets Lavington who makes an exorbitant demand for money but also lets slip that he will be out of the country. This allows Poirot to turn cat burglar in order to retrieve the offending item.

Although it is novel to see Poirot turn thief the audience can guess the story has a few more twists and I just did not buy how Poirot managed to find the trinket box so easily and was so sure that Lavington did not take it abroad with him given the value to him.

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14 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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