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Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 

The cryptic final words of a dying man lead Miss Marple and two young adventurers to a dysfunctional family harboring dark secrets.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Buchanan ...
Marjorie Attfield
Tom Savage
Dorothy Savage
Commander Peters
Claude Evans


While visiting her friend Marjorie Attfield, Miss Marple learns that her son Bobby had recently found a body, identified as a Mr. Pritchard, on the cliff side. He's received a letter asking him to appear at the enquiry but it seems to be a wild goose chase meant to keep him away from the real enquiry taking place elsewhere. Now accompanied by a friend, Frankie Derwent, they trace the dead man to nearby Castle Savage, home to a dysfunctional family with great deal of money. The family patriarch, Jack Savage, had died not long ago and the dead man had some connection to the Savages. But what is the key to solving the mystery of Pritchard's last words to Bobby as he lay dying: "Why didn't they ask Evans?". Written by garykmcd

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26 July 2009 (USA)  »

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The original 1934 novel has Bobby and Frankie as chief investigators and does not feature Miss Marple at all. See more »


[first lines]
John Carstairs: Why didn't they ask...
Bobby Attfield: Sorry?
John Carstairs: Why... didn't they... ask... Evans?
Bobby Attfield: Evans? Ask him what?
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Totally confusing, sprawling tale of poison, murders and deception...
26 July 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I have an idea that this whole story has been drastically changed from the original Agatha Christie story because it's so totally absurd from start to finish, with a host of unbelievable characters and Miss Marple thrown into the mix for the sake of all the changes in the plotting.

WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS? never makes real sense of any plot development and why or how Miss Marple is able to deduce all that she does based on the flimsiest of clues while knitting away as though her mind is on anything but solving a murder, is the real mystery.

Again, JULIA McKENZIE does a nice job as the rather inquisitive old lady but the plot is so full of red herrings and suspicions pointed at the wrong people that it's really no fun for the mystery fan to even try deciphering the truth. The final scene is so far fetched, it has to rank as one of the most unrealistic and melodramatic endings ever shown in a Christie tale.

It appears that the writer has decided to make something very exotic out of the whole tale and whatever remains of the original is probably well hidden.

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