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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
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Roger Bassington-ffrench
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Bobby Jones
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Sylvia Bassington-ffrench
Robert Longden ...
Badger Beadon
Doris Hare ...
Rose Pratt
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Mrs. Rivington
Rowland Davies ...
Dr. George Arbuthnot
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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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21 May 1981 (USA)  »

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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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Lady Frances Derwent: [to Bobby] It's men like you that stopped women from getting the vote.
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Very accurate!
29 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although the scenery and acting (apart from Joan Hicksons Mrs. Rivington- who is super!) might not stand up to a lot, this adaptation of Christies novel, is perhaps one of the most accurate I have seen. The running time does go on a bit, but nothing is missed out and it is kept faithful to the book. A very interesting piece indeed. I'd give it full marks for ingenuity and plot!


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