And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None: DVD Pre-Order: Released 11 January 2016
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And Then There Were None – Series Review
Described by The Guardian as “the TV event of the year”, Sarah Phelps’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None was one of the most viewed and talked about programmes screened over the festive period.
Considered by many as Christie’s masterpiece, And Then There Were None has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, making it the best selling mystery novel of all time.
Showing on three consecutive nights on BBC One, 5.5 million viewers were rewarded with a thrilling reimagining of the 1930s-set whodunit which managed to update Christie’s classic tale for a modern audience while staying faithful to the original’s plot, setting and language.
The setup is pure Christie: Ten strangers, each with a dark secret in their pasts, are invited to a remote West Country island by a mystery host. As the weather turns and it becomes clear that the group are completely cut off from the mainland, the deaths begin. One by one the guests meet their end in accordance with the chilling lines of a popular nursery rhyme which is pinned to the wall in each of their rooms.
As millions of thrilled viewers savoured the rollercoaster plot and tried to solve the murders for themselves, others enjoyed the stunning sets, atmospheric soundtrack and superb acting from a stellar cast that included Sam Neal, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson and Aidan Turner.
Indeed it was the smouldering Poldark heart throb who won many of the plaudits with his performance as a remorseless Irish mercenary who arrives on the island with a gun in his pocket and a dreadful past. Despite facing the threat of imminent death, Turner still found the time to reprise his famous shirtless scenes from Poldark in a move which pleased the actor’s devoted online community.
“Hugely atmospheric” – The Independent
“And Then There Were None was spiffingly watchable” – The Daily Telegraph
“You could almost reach out and touch the menace and paranoia in the air” – Liverpool Echo
“And Then There Were None is brilliant. Bravo everyone involved” – Radio Times
“This outrageously talented cast is matched by mesmerising production values and an attention to period details that beggars belief. It must surely be the best Christie adaptation yet made for television.” – The Times, Saturday Review - David Chater
“...this was a jewel, perhaps the jewel, of the holiday schedules. Shot more like a stylish horror than a murder-mystery, Sarah Phelps's script worked fresh magic from Christie's bestseller.” – Daily Express - Matt Baylis
And Then Their Were None DVD - Plot Overview
A reckless playboy. A decrepit judge. A nervous businessman. An unhinged Harley Street doctor. A god-fearing spinster. A secretive governess. A guilt-ridden general. A remorseless mercenary. Two anxious servants.
Starring: Aidan Turner, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Burn Gorman, Sam Neill, Maeve Dermody, Catherine Bailey, Christopher Hatherall, Anna Maxwell Martin, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens and Noah Taylor.
In this exciting and powerful BBC drama based on the bestselling novel by Agatha Christie, ten strangers are drawn from their normal lives to a mysterious mansion on an island off the Devon coast. As the weather turns and they find themselves stranded, a lone voice echoes through the house. The terror mounts as they hear a bone-chilling indictment. These strangers share one thing in common: each stands accused of a terrible crime for which a price must now be paid.
All too soon they will start to die; brutally slaughtered one by one, the killer inspired by a nursery rhyme that hangs in every room of the house. The ill-fated guests form a tentative alliance, each afraid of the other but having no one else to turn to, desperately hoping to combat the killer in their midst. But as the body count rises, awful secrets are drawn into the light and the group splinters, mutual suspicion giving way to a sense of certain doom. For if all are destined to die, who can their executioner be?
And Then Their Were None Episode Guide
Just months before the outbreak of the Second World War, ten strangers receive a mysterious invitation to meet on isolated Stranger Island off the Devon Coast.
The hospitality of their hosts, Mr and Mrs Owen can’t be questioned: food and wine are all provided for the guests, but the Owens themselves are absent from the party.
In typical Agatha Christie fashion the guests soon realise they are trapped, cut off from the outside world alongside a killer as one by one they begin to disappear.
Christie’s much-loved novel is brought to life in a classic piece of BBC period drama adapted by Sarah Phelps and starring an impressive cast that includes Poldark heart throb Aidan Turner, Charles Dance (Games of Thrones) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House).
As the stormy weather rolls in from the sea, the guests on Soldier Island try to work out who is killing them and why.
Banding together, the group devise a plan that will hopefully save them all and reveal who exactly is the killer in their midst. But as they do, the dark secrets behind each survivor’s mysterious past begin to become clear.
Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit is here adapted for the small screen with all the suspicion, paranoia and fear that made the writer the queen of the murder mystery. With a stellar cast featuring Poldark’s Aidan Turner, Game of Thrones star Charles Dance and Anna Maxwell Martin this is a classic piece of BBC period drama.
With their numbers rapidly diminishing and a killer on the loose, the beleaguered survivors on Soldier Island are still trying to discover who it is who is picking them off in such grisly fashion.
Do the remaining guests put their faith in each other despite the terrible deeds of their past or just sit and wait around to die as they are hunted and stalked on their remote coastal death trap.
Sarah Phelps’s impressive adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery is full of tension, suspicion and overwhelming fear. Starring Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and Aidan Turner (Poldark), this is a Christmas chiller to savour.
Latest Blog! - Is And Then There Were None one of the most influential tales of all time?
A group of people cut off from the world are gruesomely picked off one by one by an unknown and vicious killer. Sound familiar?
It should. Not only is it the basic plot of Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel And Then There Were None, it’s also the basic plot of dozens of slasher films and even some sci-fi films.
But the think to bear in mind is that And Then There Were None was published in 1939 while the slasher movie didn’t really exist until 1974 when Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas both burst on to the scene. That puts Christie about 35 years ahead of the curve.
Of course, the slasher film is a fairly obvious comparison since they usually take place in some version of the day-to-day world – albeit sometimes with a supernatural twist. However, plenty of other films seem to be inspired by Christie’s claustrophobic thriller. Take Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien, for instance. A group of people, cut off from the world as they travel though outer space are ruthlessly killed one by one by a deadly alien. Yes, it’s set in space and yes, the killer is an extra-terrestrial, but the fundamentals of the plot remain the same.
So with this in mind – and with a new TV adaptation of the novel coming to our screens on Boxing Day – is And Then There Were None the most influential novel of all time?
And Then There Were None is available to pre-order on DVD now and is released 11 January 2016.