BritBox reveals start date for Agatha Christie’s ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ – watch a clip!

It’s been announced when Hugh Laurie’s upcoming Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? adaptation begins.

Based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 story, the three-part mini-series has been written by House star Laurie himself.

The actor is also directing, executive producing, and appearing in the new murder mystery.

BritBox’s “biggest commission yet” comes from the makers of Endeavour and World on Fire.

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The brilliant cast list includes Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Jim Broadbent (War and Peace), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Miles Jupp (The Durrells), and Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey).

They’ll be joined by Maeve Dermody (The Secret Garden), Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie), Jonathan Jules (Small Axe), Alistair Petrie (Star Wars), Paul Whitehouse (The Personal History of David Copperfield), Morwenna Banks (Skins), and Joshua James (Black Mirror).

The official synopsis reads: “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? follows the local Vicar’s son, Bobby Jones (Poulter), and his whip-smart friend, socialite Lady Frances “Frankie” Derwent (Boynton) on their crime-solving adventure after they discover the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the title.

“Armed only with a photograph of a beautiful young woman found in the dead man’s pocket, these amateur detectives pursue, and are pursued by, the answer to the mystery.”

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? will premiere on BritBox in the UK and the US on Tuesday 12th April.

It’s not yet been confirmed if all three episodes will made be available to watch on that date, or if they’ll be released weekly.

Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, previously commented: “Hugh Laurie’s writing pays homage to the brilliance of the original Agatha Christie mystery while adding fresh wit, humor, and creativity that will appeal to all audiences.”

Executive producer Helen Ziegler added: “[Laurie’s] dazzling scripts take the mischief and cleverness of the original novel to a new level, and with Hugh sitting in the director’s chair, this really is going to be an authored treat for Christie fans everywhere.”

It was first reported way back in 2019 that Hugh Laurie was developing an Agatha Christie project, with rumours at the time hinting that he could become the new Poirot.

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.