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"Agatha Christie's Marple" Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2009)

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Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 4: Episode 4 -- A dying man's last workds turn young Bobby Attfield into an amateur detective. With the help of two assistants, beautiful socialite Frankie Derwent and family friend Jane Marple, he sets out to solve the riddle they pose. When someone tries to kill Bobby, it only strengthens his resolve. A trail of clues leads the unlikely trio to Castle Savage and its strange inhabitants, the discovery of yet another murder, and the lingering question: why didn't the ask Evans?


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Original Air Date:
2 March 2009 (Season 4, Episode 4)
The cryptic final words of a dying man lead Miss Marple and two young adventurers to a dysfunctional family harboring dark secrets. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Totally confusing, sprawling tale of poison, murders and deception... See more (29 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple

Sean Biggerstaff ... Bobby Attfield
David Buchanan ... John Carstairs

Siwan Morris ... Florrie
Helen Lederer ... Marjorie Attfield

Georgia Moffett ... Frankie Derwent

Samantha Bond ... Sylvia Savage

Richard Briers ... Wilson

Freddie Fox ... Tom Savage

Rik Mayall ... Alec Nicholson

Hannah Murray ... Dorothy Savage

Rafe Spall ... Roger Bassington

Natalie Dormer ... Moira Nicholson

Warren Clarke ... Commander Peters

Mark Williams ... Claude Evans
Basher Savage ... Young George Savage
Sarah Ridgeway ... Young Sylvia
Rupert Savage ... Young Jack Savage
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron King ... Butler (uncredited)
Chris Mansfield ... Wilson the Butler - Younger (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Nicholas Renton 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)

Patrick Barlow (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: for Chorion
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Matthew Hamilton .... line producer
Gabriel Silver .... co-producer
Karen Thrussell .... producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dominik Scherrer 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Lester 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
Production Design by
Jeff Tessler 
Art Direction by
Miranda Cull 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Alison Elliott .... makeup designer
Julie Kendrick .... makeup artist
Natalie Reid .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Clayton .... second assistant director
Paul Judges .... first assistant director
Alex Kaye-Besley .... third assistant director
Nick Hopkins .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Tim Bonstow .... props buyer
Fred Foster .... stand-by construction
Paul Gilpin .... supervising art director
Jim Grindley .... prop master
Andrew Lavin .... stand-by art director
Richard MacMillan .... props
Richard MacMillan .... stand-by props (as Richard Macmillian)
Robert Muskett .... stand-by construction (as Bob Muskett)
Mike Rawlings .... dressing props
Neil Smith .... stand-by props
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Gus Wookey .... construction manager
Naomi Moore .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Craig Price .... prop storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor
Ashley Reynolds .... boom operator
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... dubbing mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Simon Epstein .... foley mixer & editor (uncredited)
Nigel Squibbs .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Chris Mortimer .... visual effects supervisor
Earle Stuart Callender .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Metin Gungor .... senior matte painter (uncredited)
Iain Read .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Simon Rowe .... visual effects (uncredited)
Yolanda Rubio .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... focus puller
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
Ben Gibb .... clapper loader
Woody Gregson .... clapper loader
Jimmy Harris .... best boy
Paul Hatchman .... grip
David Hedges .... focus puller
Santosh Shreeram .... assistant camera (as Santosh Kapse)
Gavin Walters .... lighting gaffer
Paul Donachie .... a-camera/steadicam operator (uncredited)
Simon Muir .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Adam Walker .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Miranda King .... costume supervisor
Gini Lewis .... costume assistant
Nadine Powell .... assistant costume designer
Diana Wyand .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Kevin Horsewood .... telecine colourist
Amar Ingreji .... assistant editor
Location Management
Robin Pim .... location manager
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Kelly Mauchlen .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Hammarton .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
David Grose .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Burnell .... production executive
Natalie Cheary .... publicist
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Thomas Hirst .... production secretary
Faiza Hosenie .... production coordinator
Peter Mares .... publicist
Ben Newman .... script editor
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Tracey Waller .... title design
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
93 min | USA:82 min
Australia:PG | UK:12 (video rating) (2010)

Did You Know?

[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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Movie Connections:
References "What's My Line" (1951)See more »
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565See more »


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21 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Totally confusing, sprawling tale of poison, murders and deception..., 26 July 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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