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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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 (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: for 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
Nicholas 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
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
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
Robin Pim .... location manager
Caroline Russell .... production accountant
Joanna Sanders .... assistant production accountant
Patrick Smith .... publicist
Mark Walledge .... assistant location manager
Tracey Waller .... title design
Julie Burnham .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Kelly Mauchlen .... location assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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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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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Why didn't they ask Cassie?, 25 March 2010
Author: clivey6 from London, England

I'm not proud. I rented this 90-minute drama so I could catch up with the actress Hannah Murray, who played the lovely Cassie from Skins, a girl any bloke could fall in love with! She hasn't been in much since.

As if anticipating said sad sackness, Ms Murray has had something of a reverse makeover and no longer has the blonde flower child look. Her hair is black or dark brunette, pinned up on her head, and she has horn-rimmed spectacles. Murray has a touch of the jolie-laird about her, here's she's more laird. She plays a noisy, assertive, sometimes charming and maybe perverse daughter of an aristocratic family with a secret to hide. If you've seen Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, there's a character similar in it.

Murray isn't in it until the half hour mark, but just about holds her own with the others, her diction is a bit garbled though - is it too late to straighten those teeth? One senses that, unlike Skins, her heart isn't really in it and unlike the other actors she doesn't know how to hit her marks and turn in a damage-limitation performance in a drama that clearly is going to be a bit naff. Her brand of charisma isn't required in a part where she is required to seem innocent/suspect by turns, but not much more.

There's an all-star cast: Samantha Bond (Miss Moneypenny), Rik Mayall, Richard Briers, Ralf Little from The Fast Show, Doctor Who's Georgia Moffet,Warren Clarke, even the teacher in the first two series of Skins shows up too (Siwan Morris). But it all has a touch of amateur dramatics about it and only the two former comedians pull it off. Bond, when she isn't turning into her former boss Judi Dench, has a tough time of it.

There's a certain charm about the young couple investigating a crime, even if having Marple tag along is a bit contrived (she wasn't in the Christie story at all). Generally it just doesn't work because it's not credible; in no way can you believe a family would take Ms Moffett into their bosom and let her stay for a few days, this sort of story would have been more credible in a 1940s-50s adaptation, but this is shot through with a modern sassiness. Ms Moffett is polished but just doesn't have the charm to make it likely, in fact Ms Murray might have been more persuasive, having that blend of flakiness and sneakiness to see her through. It gets more ludicrous as it goes on, with dead-hand exposition and characters turning up just to deliver information so the viewers can get from A-B, but as for Why Didn't They Ask Evans, I couldn't tell you much if I wanted to, the explanation is so long-winded and convoluted. The final scene, where a murder is held off just so Marple can finish her exposition for the viewers in fairness has some intentioned comedy but is beyond farce.

As for McKenzie's Marple, she's not so bad but has a touch of the Mrs Doubtfire about her. She has a hawkish way about her, if she asked you what you had for tea, you'd be reluctant to tell her. As least Margaret Rutherford had a bumbling manner that disarmed the opposition.

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