Agatha Christie's 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.

Director:

Edward Bennett

Writers:

Michael Baker (dramatized by), David Renwick (dramatized by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Barbara Barnes (Mrs Lester) appears later in series 8, Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia (2001), portraying Mrs. Leidner. See more »

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) Japp is showing his new toy to Poirot, a map where miniatures are used to follow a suspect. During the chase, the operators move the same miniatures (a car and a round black thing) twice at the same place in a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References George White's 1935 Scandals (1935) See more »

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Monopoly error
24 January 2007 | by maryburnsideSee all my reviews

I believe there is an error in this episode in that the monopoly set used by Poirot and Hastings has as its 'men' the little silver coloured items such as the top hat. But that was a later version of monopoly dating I think from the late seventies or the eighties.

The version in my house when I was a child dated from the fifties and had as its 'men' types of transport such as ship, car, motor bike, train and they were coloured such as blue and red, not silver. There may have been an earlier version in the thirties when this was set, but it was not the one using the silver 'men'.

I would be very grateful if someone could advise me on the contents of the monopoly sets going back to the 30s so that it might be possible to check back to what would have been in place in 1935 when this Poirot story was set.

This is a very simple and basic error of poor research but unfortunately the scenes with the monopoly set recur rather frequently through the whole programme and therefore it could not be re-recorded, as I initially thought when I saw the opening scene.


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