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By Ali Davis

David Suchet brings the great detective Hercule Poirot to rich life in this collection of some of Agatha Christie's best work, all lovingly true to their 1930s settings. The Disappearance of Mr. Davenham takes the standard case of a businessman's disappearance and spices it up with a friendly wager that Poirot can't solve the mystery without leaving his apartment. The Veiled Lady is more of a comic caper, as Poirot and the ever-ready Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) resort to burglary to stop a blackmailing cad, and The Lost Mine is cleverly set in a Chinatown reminiscent of the '30s concept of the Mysterious East. Suchet is a perfect Poirot, capturing both his dignity and his humor, and Fraser does a beautiful job of underplaying Hastings enough to keep him the perfect sidekick without ever making him boring.


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Aired: 1989-

Cast: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Network: Public Television

Genre: British

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