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And Then There Were None (BBC-1 2015, Aidan Turner, Maeve Dermody)

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1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U. N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.

The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.

Aidan Turner, a self-proclaimed Agatha Christie fan said of the production: ‘It’s a very clear story with unique, independent characters who have their own agendas, so from the offset its very clear what’s happening even though there is ambiguity about the plot. It’s a genre I haven’t really done before so everything appealed to me for this one. It is a rite of passage for British actors to be in an Agatha Christie adaptation and this is the quintessential Christie story albeit a really dark one.’

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the best-selling crime novel of all time with 100 million copies sold worldwide.

production details
UK | BBC One – Mammoth | 3×60 minutes | 2015

Writer: Sarah Phelps
Novel: Agatha Christie

cast
Douglas Booth as Anthony Marston
Charles Dance as Justice Lawrence Wargrave
Maeve Dermody as Vera Claythorne
Burn Gorman as D.S. William Blore
Anna Maxwell Martin as Ethel Rogers
Sam Neill as General John MacArthur
Miranda Richardson as Emily Brent
Toby Stephens as Dr. Edward Armstrong
Noah Taylor as Thomas Rogers
Aidan Turner as Philip Lombard
Harley Gallacher as Cyril Ogilvie Hamilton

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