29 user 3 critic

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.



(based on the novel by), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video





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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


See all certifications »





Release Date:

26 July 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Natalie Dormer and Hannah Murrey, respectively, both star in Game of Thrones. 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?
See more »


Version of Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980) See more »


What'll I Do
Composed by Irving Berlin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Missing Christie charm AND missing her story..watch 1980 version instead ..
19 August 2014 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

If you're a true fan of Agatha Christie's novels, then you will be hugely disappointed by this film. Her story, her cleverness, her charm, her characters are all missing. Instead, we get a very flat, blank, and unintelligent slew of characters who are whining or squabbling or snotty or yelling or annoying us with their high-pitched voices. And they even threw Miss Marple in there. Why? It's not a Miss Marple story! It's a story where we love and cheer for the two main characters, but they're not worth it in this version. The biggest shame is that after fiddling so much with her story that it's unrecognizable, they still put Agatha Christie's name on it. So sad. It isn't up to par in any way. If you want to see Agatha's story, go watch the 1980 film. It is practically perfect in its loyalty to the novel and so has the cleverness and charm which keeps us reading and rereading Christie's work. This version should have a disclaimer in the title, mostly out of respect for Christie, that lets us know it's mostly an original story. She shouldn't have to bear the credit and shame of how below par this version is, comparatively at least.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: