Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Lost Mine 

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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Release Date:

21 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)


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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 »


Lord Pearson tells Poirot and Hastings that a lump of ore can be refined into "top grade twenty-four karat silver". But the karat is a unit of purity for gold, not other precious metals. Silver purity is measured in parts per thousand, with pure silver being 999. 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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monopoly money
10 February 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Very good, amusing, and tricky episode.

Poor Hercule, he knows his bank balance to the farthing but the bank clerk insists he's overdrawn. Poirot is furious. On the home front, he and Hastings are playing a vicious monopoly game.

When the head of the bank, Lord Pearson, comes to visit Poirot, Poirot thinks it's to straighten out the incorrect balance deficit. Instead, it's to hire him. A Mr. Wu Ling was due at a bank meeting that morning, but has disappeared. He was to sell the bank a deed to a silver mine.

Unfortunately, when Wu Ling is located, it's too late. He's dead. Poirot now has to find the killer. The killer seems to be Charles Lester, an American, but for Poirot, that's too easy an answer.

This episode reminds us of how people lived and banked in the 1930s. Real people instead of machines at the bank and no television in the home. People talked with each other and played games. Also, there were some interesting locations here, including Chinatown.

Great episode with an obvious clue to the killer that everyone misses.

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