Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4, Episode 4

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (26 Jul. 2009)

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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 ...
Helen Lederer ...
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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[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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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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3 July 2009 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

The cast are quite good, given what they have to work with. The script is utter nonsense from start to finish. Read the book instead.

What are the producers trying to do? How is it they produce something amazing like A Pocketful Of Rye, which is utterly faithful to the book, and then rubbish like this? Don't they have a plan? Are they producers of films based on Agatha Christie's books because they love the books? Clearly not. So I have no idea what they are in it for! And why does Dame Agatha's grandson Mathew Prichard allow it?

The original telefilm from the 80s had a few problems, mainly length...but at any rate at least it is faithful!

I do not talk about Miss Marple being in a non-Miss Marple story. That doesn't bother me in the least. But please don't meddle with the plot!

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