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Agatha Christie's Marple

  • Season 4
  • 4 episodes
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Episode 4: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Summary

As the sole witness to a dying man's last words, Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle they present, and forms an unlikely alliance with socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Miss Marple to help him on his quest. A trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage, where they uncover a hotbed of stifled emotion, treachery and deceit among its strange inhabitants. Murder mystery, starring Julia McKenzie, with a supporting cast that includes Sean Biggerstaff, Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Rafe Spall, Warren Clarke, Mark Williams, Georgia Moffett, Helen Lederer and Rik Mayall.
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Review

A man is found near death sprawled out on a cliff with the words “Why didn’t they ask Evans?” on his lips. But before he can elaborate, the chap breathes his last, leaving the person who found him – would-be amateur sleuth Bobby Attfield (Sean Bigerstaff) – keen to investigate the killing.

Teaming up with socialite Frankie Derwent (Georgia Moffett), the pair find the clues lead to Castle Savage, one of those sprawling estates peopled with the usual retinue of oddballs (look out for a decent guest turn from The Shadow Line’s chief cat-botherer Rafe Spall) who specialise in such things as lethal orchids and poisonous snakes. Somewhere in all this is Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie), looking extraneous after being parachuted into a story in which she didn’t originally feature. But even though she spends much of the time snooping from her wing-back chair, she comes good in the end with some expert deductions, despite very un-Christie-like plot twists.

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Cast

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Miss MarpleJulia McKenzie
Bobby AttfieldSean Biggerstaff
John CarstairsDavid Buchanan
FlorrieSiwan Morris
Marjorie AttfieldHelen Lederer
Frankie DerwentGeorgia Moffett
Sylvia SavageSamantha Bond
WilsonRichard Briers
Tom SavageFreddie Fox
Alec NicholsonRik Mayall
Dorothy SavageHannah Murray
Roger BassingtonRafe Spall
Moira NicholsonNatalie Dormer
Cmdr PetersWarren Clarke
Claude EvansMark Williams
Young George SavageBasher Savage
Young SylviaSarah Ridgeway
Young Jack SavageRupert Savage

Crew

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DirectorNicholas Renton
ProducerKaren Thrussell
WriterPatrick Barlow

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  • Episode 4

    Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

    - , Virgin Media Three

    Summary

    As the sole witness to a dying man's last words, Bobby Attfield is determined to solve the riddle they present, and forms an unlikely alliance with socialite Frankie Derwent and visiting family friend Miss Marple to help him on his quest. A trail of clues leads them to Castle Savage, where they uncover a hotbed of stifled emotion, treachery and deceit among its strange inhabitants. Murder mystery, starring Julia McKenzie, with a supporting cast that includes Sean Biggerstaff, Samantha Bond, Richard Briers, Rafe Spall, Warren Clarke, Mark Williams, Georgia Moffett, Helen Lederer and Rik Mayall.
    Recommended

    Review

    A man is found near death sprawled out on a cliff with the words “Why didn’t they ask Evans?” on his lips. But before he can elaborate, the chap breathes his last, leaving the person who found him – would-be amateur sleuth Bobby Attfield (Sean Bigerstaff) – keen to investigate the killing.

    Teaming up with socialite Frankie Derwent (Georgia Moffett), the pair find the clues lead to Castle Savage, one of those sprawling estates peopled with the usual retinue of oddballs (look out for a decent guest turn from The Shadow Line’s chief cat-botherer Rafe Spall) who specialise in such things as lethal orchids and poisonous snakes. Somewhere in all this is Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie), looking extraneous after being parachuted into a story in which she didn’t originally feature. But even though she spends much of the time snooping from her wing-back chair, she comes good in the end with some expert deductions, despite very un-Christie-like plot twists.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Miss MarpleJulia McKenzie
    Bobby AttfieldSean Biggerstaff
    John CarstairsDavid Buchanan
    FlorrieSiwan Morris
    Marjorie AttfieldHelen Lederer
    Frankie DerwentGeorgia Moffett
    Sylvia SavageSamantha Bond
    WilsonRichard Briers
    Tom SavageFreddie Fox
    Alec NicholsonRik Mayall
    Dorothy SavageHannah Murray
    Roger BassingtonRafe Spall
    Moira NicholsonNatalie Dormer
    Cmdr PetersWarren Clarke
    Claude EvansMark Williams
    Young George SavageBasher Savage
    Young SylviaSarah Ridgeway
    Young Jack SavageRupert Savage

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorNicholas Renton
    ProducerKaren Thrussell
    WriterPatrick Barlow
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