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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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 »

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

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Natalie Dormer and Hannah Murrey, respectively, both star in Game of Thrones. 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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References What's My Line (1951) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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So-so
17 July 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Bobby Attfield is walking along a cliff top when he spies a body at the foot of the cliff. He rushes down to the man, whose dying words are "Why didn't they ask Evans?". He is convinced that something nefarious has just occurred and his suspicions are heightened when he misses the man's inquest, due to being sent the incorrect time and location for the inquest. In his corner is Frankie Derwent and an old friend of the family, Miss Marple.

Started well. The murder was intriguing and the relationship between Bobby and Frankie, solidly played by Sean Biggerstaff and Georgia Moffett, was a great sub-plot. However, the mystery seemed to get overly complex, simply for complexity's sake, after a point and the climax, and back-story, is quite far-fetched. Not all bad, but could have been so much better.

Some big names in the supporting cast but they aren't all used well. Natalie Dormer is fine in her role but Warren Clarke overdoes the alpha male routine, resulting in him shouting almost all his lines. Rik Mayall is wasted in his part, and doesn't have much screen time anyway. Hannah Murray is incredibly irritating.


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