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

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

« Prev | 16 of 23 Episodes | Next »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow) Videos
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?


User Rating:
6.5/10   713 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Agatha Christie (based on the novel by)
Patrick Barlow (screenplay)
View company contact information for Why Didn't They Ask Evans? on IMDbPro.
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 »
User Reviews:
I have a better one - why didn't they ask Christie? See more (27 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
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
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
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 Sanders .... 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)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

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


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
I have a better one - why didn't they ask Christie?, 22 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Since it's been so many years since I've read any of the Agatha Christie books - and I read them all - I have to admit I'm enjoying these various mystery series featuring the various Miss Marples. I like Julia McKenzie very much; she is very close to the Miss Marple of the books.

"Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" is actually not a Miss Marple story, but since the series runs roughshod over the Christie books, why not just throw some of her other characters in as well? The title of the book actually came from a conversation Ms. Christie overheard coming out of a movie theater, and she built a whole story around it. It wasn't this precise story, however.

Jane Marple is paying a visit to her friend Marjorie. Marjorie's son recently found a dead body whose last words were the story's title. He's eventually identified as a Mr. Pritchard. Bobby, Marjorie's son, is asked to go to the inquest, but upon arrival, there is no inquest there. Someone has tried to keep him away from the real one.

He and his pretty female friend, Frankie, decide to investigate on their own. They find out the man had a connection to the Savage Family, and Frankie crashes her car outside of the family castle and stays there to recover. The Savages are a dysfunctional bunch. The patriarch of the family, not well liked, is recently dead. Frankie is busy nosing around, trying to find out if there is an Evans, when both Miss Marple and Bobbie (disguised as a chauffeur) show up. It's quite a crowd. And Evans isn't who they think.

The production values of all these films are lush, with beautiful scenery, music, and '50s clothing. I do wish they set these films in the '30s, where they belong. The acting is very good, and despite the tinkering, this still manages to be an intriguing story, with the exception of the ending. Absolutely ridiculous. Be prepared for a big letdown.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (27 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Agatha Christie's Marple" (2004)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Rubbish peterjerome8
Rupert Savage lookn4smitty
The gun - ENDING SPOILERS kristoffer-holmquist
Flying Squad boomcoach
The ending - SPOILER!!! kornegayn
Music? lioni-meyer
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis Murder She Said Dead Man's Folly The Constant Gardener One Is Guilty
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Main series Episode guide Full cast and crew
Company credits External reviews IMDb TV section
IMDb Crime section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.