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
Just once I'd like to see an actor look at a script and say something like, "I'm not appearing in this! It doesn't make any sense. Go back and rewrite it and then I'll have another look at it." Certainly that's the look Richard Briers has all over his face throughout this nonsense; he really gave the impression he'd rather have been somewhere else throughout. Warren Clarke looks confused about why he's even in this farcical nonsense. Rik Mayall was just going through the motions. Samantha Bond wasn't sure how to portray her character and I can't say I blame her the way her lines had been written.
A better title might have been "Why didn't they stick to the plot in Agatha's novel?" as at least the book was readable and could be enjoyed. This portrayal was just a painful way to spend an evening.
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