Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Lost Mine 

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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)


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 ... 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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Did You Know?


With Poirot's and Hasting's eclectic connections, and client base, its not implausible that they managed to somehow get hold of a early (work in progress) test version prototype of the "London" version of Monopoly, before a Patent was registered. Who better to test the board game concept than the legendary Hercule Poirot. See more »


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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Go to jail, Go directly to Jail, Do not pass Go, Do not collect £200
25 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Han Wu Ling arrives at a top London Hotel, his business to sell a map of a mine to a bank, but when the board meet and Mr Wu Ling is not present alarm bells start ringing.

I love Poirot's frustrations with Monopoly, and his annoyance at Hastings style of play. Poirot is right, why can't you build a hotel at the Train station?

The scenes around China town look really smart, Mr Lester's scenes inside the Opium den also look harshly realistic.

As a mystery it's not the greatest, it has to be said, if you don't get it first time around something's up, but as a production it is glorious. It has a good mix of humour and drama, the ending is utterly brilliant. The performances are excellent, Anthony Bate in particular is excellent, I've always found him an actor of huge charisma, with such a strong presence. 9/10

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21 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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