Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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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.

Director:

Nicholas Renton

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Patrick Barlow (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Sean Biggerstaff ... Bobby Attfield
David Buchanan 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
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Storyline

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

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie: Marple - Why Didn't They Ask Evans? See more »

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Organ music is Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References What's My Line (1951) See more »

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Heart and Soul
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Composed by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
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Awful
27 July 2011 | by markfranhSee all my reviews

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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