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Hugh Laurie To Adapt Agatha Christie's 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans?'

Hugh Laurie will executive produce and direct Agatha Christie's adaptation of 'Why Didn't They Ask Evans?'
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BBC Studios streaming service BritBox said that it will be commissioning Hugh Laurie's adaptation of Agatha Christie's mystery Why Didn't They Ask Evans? The three part series will make its streaming debut in 2022, a date has not been set. Laurie will executive produce and direct.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? follows Bobby Jones and Lady Frances 'Frankie' Derwent as they discover the body of a dying man whose last words are “Why didn’t they ask Evans?”. The two embark on a journey to solve the murder and find the mystery woman in the photo of the man's wallet. 

“I loved this book as a nipper and still do," said Laurie. "The hairs on the back of my neck haven’t properly settled down from the first time I grasped the beauty of the essential mystery. Since then, I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with the characters, and feel immensely honored to have been given the chance to retell their story in this form. I will wear a tie on set, and give it everything I have.” 

Produced by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen, whose other collaborations include The ABC Murders with John Malkovich, And Then There Were None and Pale Horse

Casting will be announced at a later date. Endeavor Content brokered the commission and will handle International sales outside of the UK, Ireland and the Americas. 

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/69.99 per year—after an introductory free trial period—on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, and online at BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices. 

Chelsea Anderson
Chelsea Anderson

Chelsea Anderson has been with Future for two years. She started as an intern with NewBay Media/Multichannel News in 2015. During her time she wrote bylined articles and program reviews as well as helped with research graphics for the magazine. She later became News Assistant for Broadcasting & Cable in 2017 until 2020 when she became Assistant Content Producer. Chelsea graduated from Niagara University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a double minor in Writing Studies and Sociology.