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.


Nicholas Renton


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




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 Tennant ... Frankie Derwent (as Georgia Moffett)
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


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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When this episode aired in China it was extensively edited, due to the involvement of War-period China. 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?
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Version of Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980) See more »


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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The weakest entry in the series.
5 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I struggle a little with this one, as it's one of the novels I really like, it's a book that draws you in, builds the characters and has a really satisfying conclusion.

Bobby Attfield hears a dying mans last words while out walking, 'Why didn't they ask Evans?' With the help of friend Frankie Derwent and later Jane Marple's the lead takes them to the family home of the dysfunctional Savages, as they try to uncover the cryptic message and uncover dark secrets.

I'm a really easy Agatha Christie fan to please, it doesn't take a huge deal to make me happy, this one fails pretty much, the characters are almost made into caricatures, they're all a little bit over the top and unbelievable. Apart from Miss Marple and Bobby Attfield most of the others are just a bit too much.

There are some nice elements to this story, Julia McKenzie drives the story, she literally is too good for the material and script she's given. Georgia Moffett and Sean Biggerstaff both give fairly good performances. It looks really nice, there is some gorgeous filming, the music also is brilliant, it's really melodic.

For the first time in a Marple I actually find some of the acting a bit weak, I have always loved both Samantha Bond and Warren Clarke, but both are below par, Hannah Murray is either poor or dreadfully written, I can't distinguish, but Freddie Fox is abysmal, he looks like he's just going through the motions. Some of the dialogue is quite dull and uninteresting.

The ending verges on Melodrama, it's like something you'd expect an am dram group to put on, it just didn't work.

I've watched it a few times, on occasion I quite like it, but in comparison to others in the series it is the ugly duckling. 5/10

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26 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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