Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Incredible Theft 

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A wealthy industrialist's plan to snare a Nazi sympathizer goes awry when the secret plans for a new fighter plane inexplicably go missing.


Edward Bennett


David Reid (dramatized by), 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
John Stride ... Tommy Mayfield
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Mrs. Vanderlyn
Ciaran Madden ... Lady Mayfield
John Carson ... Sir George Carrington
Phyllida Law ... Lady Carrington
Guy Scantlebury Guy Scantlebury ... Reggie Carrington
Albert Welling ... Carlile
Dan Hildebrand ... Chauffeur
Phillip Manikum Phillip Manikum ... Sergeant




Tommy Mayfield is a British industrialist who has developed a new fighter plane. Up to now he has paid all development costs himself and he very much wants the government to contribute. It is reluctant to do so because of an apparent indiscretion some years before when Mayfield was supposed to have sold heavy artillery to the Japanese. In order to get back into the government's good books, he decides to lay a trap for Mrs. Vanderlyn, a known Nazi sympathizer and possible spy. The bait is the plans for the new fighter but Mayfield's wife is so concerned that she asks Hercule Poirot to spend the weekend at their house to make sure Vanderlyn doesn't get away with anything. Written by garykmcd

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The "Kestrel" is a kind of hawk, more specifically a small falcon. See more »


(at around 10 mins) As Poirot, Mayfield and other characters march into a room together, Poirot's lips don't move, even though he is speaking with Mayfield. See more »


[first lines]
Sir George Carrington: Mayfield.
Tommy Mayfield: Sir George.
Sir George Carrington: Show me.
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No murder, but still very interesting
19 July 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Hercule Poirot is hired by Lady Mayfield to observe her husband's business dealings. Her husband is Tommy Mayfield, industrialist and aircraft designer. He has just designed and built a revolutionary new fighter, a fighter that surpasses anything the Germans have. However, in order to complete the project he needs funding and has invited the wealthy Mrs Vanderlyn to his estate to discuss her investing in the project. However, Mrs Vanderlyn is a known Nazi sympathizer and there are fears she may steal the plans of the plane for the Germans. Sure enough, soon after her arrival, a crucial part of the plans goes missing...

No murder, but still very interesting. A few red herrings, a good twist and a decent car chase (not often you say that about a Poirot episode) make for a good theft-espionage drama. Add in some good humour and banter, especially between Poirot and Miss Lemon, and some nice scenes of a Spitfire being flown and you have a good all- round episode.

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26 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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