Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)
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The Kidnapped Prime Minister 

When the prime minister is kidnapped right before an important international arms summit, Poirot has just 32--and a quarter--hours to find the prime minister.


Andrew Grieve


Clive Exton (dramatized by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Lisa Harrow ... Mrs Daniels
David Horovitch ... Commander Daniels
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Sir Bernard Dodge
Patrick Godfrey ... Lord Estair
Timothy Block Timothy Block ... Major Norman
Jack Elliott Jack Elliott ... Egan
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Landlady
Milo Sperber Milo Sperber ... Fingler
Henry Moxon Henry Moxon ... Prime Minister
Oliver Beamish Oliver Beamish ... Sergeant Hopper
Anthony Chinn ... Shi Mong


The British Prime Minister's car is attacked by a band of thugs. He manages to escape with minor injuries but a few days later he is kidnapped. The British government are desperate for the PM to be found quickly - he is due to attend an important conference. Upon the recommendation of Chief Inspector Japp, they call in Hercule Poirot. Written by grantss

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Release Date:

25 February 1990 (UK) See more »

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(36 episodes)


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This was Milo Sperber's final appearance. See more »


When Mrs Daniels leaves home followed by Hastings, both cars go over a speed bump, which weren't introduced to the UK before the 1970s. See more »


[first lines]
Chief Inspector Japp: No sign of him yet.
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Good, well-made mystery
24 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a fan of this series, I did like this episode. Some of the clues are on the obvious side and Commander Daniels is not as well-written as he is in the short story, in fact his wife was much more interesting than he was here. However, the story still manages to be engrossing right up to the nail-biting conclusion, and along with strong writing with a good balance of the tense and the humorous if leaning more on the former, an evocative in detail and suspenseful in tone atmosphere and a hauntingly beautiful music score, The Kidnapped Prime Minister is very well made with the details both gorgeous and authentic. The acting is very good, David Suchet always plays Hercule Poirot as if born to play him and here is no exception, and Hugh Fraser, Phillip Jackson and Pauline Moran are as solid and as amusing as ever. Of the supporting turns, I found Lisa Harrow's the most memorable, looking I agree 10 years younger than she actually was she is wonderfully conniving. Overall, a good mystery and well made, even there are less obviously written episodes in the series, all of which range from fairly decent to outstanding. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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