Partners in Crime (1983– )
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The Ambassador's Boots 

The new U. S. Ambassador to Britain confides to the Beresfords that on the voyage there someone substituted another travel bag for his, a bag that only contained his boots.


Paul Annett


Paul Annett (adapted by), Agatha Christie (novel)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Francesca Annis ... Tuppence Beresford
James Warwick ... Tommy Beresford
Jennie Linden ... Cicely March
T.P. McKenna ... Randolph Wilmot
Reece Dinsdale ... Albert
Arthur Cox ... Inspector Marriott
Clive Merrison ... Richards
Moira Brooker ... Tilly
Michael Carter ... Rodriguez
Tricia George ... Poppy St. Albans
Norma West ... Estelle Blaney
Jo Ross ... Gwen Forster
Catherine Schell ... Virma La Strange
Vera Jakob Vera Jakob ... Manners
Anna Sharkey Anna Sharkey ... Madame Beatrice




Tommy and Tuppence find themselves working for the US Ambassador to Great Britain who tells them a strange tale about a misplaced bag. On his recent return to the UK, a bag identical to his, but belonging to someone else, was delivered to his home. The correct bags were delivered soon after but when he approached the other party involved, they denied ever getting the wrong bag. What, the Ambassador asks, would someone have wanted with his bag that contained nothing other than his boots? Interviewing several of the passengers who traveled on the same ship as the Ambassador, the detectives conclude that they are dealing with a case of smuggling, but who are the culprits? Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Randolph Wilmot: [Observing a young woman fall down in a nightclub] If that's what drink can do to a young woman, then our Prohibition laws are correct.
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The Ambassador's Boots
15 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Partners in Crime has been an uneven series.

The Ambassador's Boots is more like it and if only more episodes showed a similar verve and sleuthing. It also is a sumptuous looking episode.

The American Ambassador had a mixed up with his bag as he arrived to Britain on a ship. He ended up leaving the ship with a similar bag with similar initials and only later the correct bag was delivered to him. The Ambassador's bag only contained his boots.

The Ambassador asks Tommy and Tuppence to look into it. Later the Ambassador's valet commits suicide.

Tommy thinks that there was no accidental mix up. He realises that the Ambassador's kitbag will not go through a custom inspection.

Tuppence has fun dancing the Charleston with the American Ambassador in a club. An early clue is given when a young lady collapses and it not for being drunk.

Albert gets to act out his cowboy fantasies when he lassos a henchman.

Tommy is shown to be more smart, cunning and resourceful here as he realises that he is walking to an obvious trap.

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