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.


Nicholas Renton


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

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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


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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Release Date:

26 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Both Sean Bigerstaff and Mark Williams star in the Harry Potter franchise. 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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References What's My Line (1951) See more »


When You and I Were Seventeen
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Ms. Marple meets Nancy Drew
5 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Julia McKenzie becomes the latest in a long line of actresses to essay the part of Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth Miss Jane Marple. She may look like she's engrossed in her knitting, but she doesn't let anything escape her attention.

In this story McKenzie is joined by two young companions, in fact one of them is young Sean Biggerstaff who finds a dying man on a cliff near his home. He lives long enough to give the words of the title as his last words. So why didn't they ask Evans, whomever Evans is?

The trail leads them to the Savage family mansion and this is one crazy crew. Two brothers who were the breadwinners died and the rest are a lot of upper crust wastrels with no intention of being anything else. That leads to opening up a large can of worms and an elaborate murder plot that claims another victim and the final victim is still a target.

By this time McKenzie and Biggerstaff are joined by Frankie Derwont who must have read some Nancy Drew books imported from America. She's a persistent young woman and Biggerstaff and her have some chemistry, but it takes time to gel.

Christie stories are timeless and the BBC has a new Marple who looks like she's enjoying the part.

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