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REVIEW: Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 20, 2013

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? www.acornmediauk.com

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? www.acornmediauk.com

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THERE have been more adaptations of this classic Christie thriller than you can shake a stick at, all as good as the last and next.

However, for me, I love a vintage Christie, especially when there is a stellar cast such as this one including Francesca Annis, Connie Booth, Leigh Lawson, Eric Porter and the late, great John Gielgud.

When Bobby Jones comes across a dying man and the photograph of a beautiful young woman, his interest is snared; especially when the photograph is later switched for one of someone else. With the help of his good friend Lady Frances Derwant, Bobby investigates. Following a trail of clues and setting up an elaborate charade in order to insinuate themselves into the Bassington-ffrench household, their trail leads them into a world of morphine addiction, psychiatric clinics, enticing inheritances and, of course, murder.

But who is the mysterious, trembling young wife of the hard-edged Dr Nicholson; why is someone out to silence Bobby Jones; and what is the meaning of the dead man’s dying words… Why didn’t they ask Evans?

There are more twists and turns than an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? and I loved every minute of it.

For me this is one of Christie’s more interesting thrillers and adapts to TV like a dream.

Available from Acorn Media UK. Approximately 186 minutes. Cert PG. RRP £17.99.

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