Agatha Christie's Poirot

Season 2 Episode 3

The Lost Mine

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 1990 on ITV
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The Lost Mine
Hastings and Poirot are playing the board game Monopoly when they are interrupted by Lord Pearson, the elegant Chairman of the London and Shanghai Bank. The banker asks them to investigate the disappearance of a Mr Ling - a highly-valued customer who, before he went missing, had arranged to sell Lord Pearson a map showing where to find a long-lost silver mine. Then Ling is found murdered, a young stockbroker is suspected, and Poirot has to untangle a devilishly mixed-up mystery.moreless

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  • This episode is one of my favourites for a variety of reasons. In this episode Poirot, Suchet displays his comedic side.

    The episode's plot revolves around the ancient map of 'The Lost Mine'. A chinese man is skilled before he could sell the map to a pretigous English bank and the General Manager asks Poirot to look into the matter. Poirot is a member of the bank and before he knows the Chinese man is missing/dead he is told by his bank that his bank account is overdrawn - this act sends him into an embrassing argument with the teller ( not realising that Ms Lemmon had negelected to bank a cheque from a former client). Whatever the reason his confrontation with the teller is very funny. This episode is one of my favourites and i find Poirot's take on the game on monopoly wonderfully thoughtful.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Historical error? In the beginning of the episode we see Poirot and Hastings play a localised (English) version of Monopoly. Moments later we see Han Wu Ling sign the hotel guest book and we can clearly see that the date is the 8th of February 1935. However Darrow didn't patent Monopoly until the 31th of December 1935 (for those who wish to check: U.S. Patent 2,026,082). So where did Poirot and Hastings get this pre-production version of the game? The only versions sold by Darrow before the Parker Brothers bought the game were American versions. An English version would probably not have been available until February 1936!

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    • This episode is based on Agatha Christie's short story The Lost Mine, which was part of a collection called Poirot Investigates (1924).

      The original story is just seven pages long and was first published in The Sketch magazine on 21 November, 1923.