‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ air date on ITV1: Agatha Christie mini-series begins soon

ITV has announced when Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? will get a proper TV airing.

Based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 story, the three-part series first premiered on BritBox in spring 2022 in both the UK and the US.

It’s only been available for paying subscribers to watch via streaming though – until now!

From the makers of Endeavour and World on Fire, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? is written by Hugh Laurie, with the House star also directing, executive producing, and acting in the star-studded murder mystery.

Watch the trailer:

The mini-series received positive when it premiered last year, with Radio Times saying: “Hugh Laurie’s all-star caper is a delight … this unabashedly old-fashioned Agatha Christie adaptation is exactly what it needed to be.”

In its 4-star review, The Telegraph wrote: “Will Poulter and Lucy Boynton share fizzing dialogue and terrific chemistry in Hugh Laurie’s directorial debut.”

When does it start on ITV1?

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? will be broadcast on ITV1 in the UK over three consecutive nights from Sunday 9th April in a 9pm slot each night.

The second instalment will air on Monday 10th April, with the final part airing on Tuesday 11th April.

In the meantime, if you have BritBox you can still watch all three episodes on there.

The brilliant cast 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’re 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.”

The BBC announced its own latest Agatha Christie plans recently, with a two-part adaptation of Murder is Easy set to begin filming later this year.

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