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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980)

While golfing on the Welsh coast, Bobby Jones apparently hits a stranger who falls off the the sea cliff. His enigmatic last words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?"

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Reverend Jones
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Dr. Thomas
Eric Porter ...
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Madeline Smith ...
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Robert Longden ...
Badger Beadon
Doris Hare ...
Rose Pratt
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Rivington
Rowland Davies ...
Dr. George Arbuthnot
James Cossins ...
Henry Bassington-ffrench
Mitzi Rogers ...
Mrs. Cayman
John Pennington ...
Mr. Cayman
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While out playing golf with his friend Dr. Thomas, Bobby Jones finds a man who has apparently fallen over the side of a cliff onto the seaside rocks below. His dying words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?". The dead man is identified by his sister Mrs. Cayman as Alex Pritchard, who had recently returned to the UK from abroad and was on a walking tour. Bobby and his friend Lady Frances Derwent soon conclude that illicit drugs are at the core of the mystery and suspicion falls on a certain Dr. Nicholson who runs a country clinic for drug addicts. The mystery revolves around a will and numerous false or stolen identities. But just who is Evans and what should he/she have been asked? Written by garykmcd

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This was Joan Hickson's third appearance in 43 years in a screen adaptation of an Agatha Christie story or novel, following A Night of Terror (1937) and Murder She Said (1961). Hickson subsequently played Christie's character Jane Marple 12 times in 8 years in a series of TV-movies, including the remake of the 1961 film as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington (1987). See more »

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Excellent production
26 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great adaptation of the Christie novel. Surprising attention to authentic period details for the time (Many films of the mid-1970s-early 80s that try to do 1920s-early 30s look far too mid-70s-early 80s for my liking, so expected the worst here, and was gladly proved wrong)The costumes and sets are very well done. I liked this production very much – largely due to the adorable Francesca Annis' portrayal of a carefree bright young Lady "Frankie" and James Warwick's charming Bobbie. The pair would go on to portray Christie's Tommy & Tuppence, which is funny as some contemporary book critics compared Frankie and Bobby to her earlier characters of Tommy & Tuppence. The supporting characters were equally well done – the over the top Mrs. Rivington (acted by Miss Marple-to-be Joan H.) and "Badger" is played perfectly as the post WWI, "Bertie Wooster type."


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