It's 1939 and Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Indian Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. 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. As each member of the party starts to die one by one, the survivors realize that one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other. Written by
Promotional material prior to the show's airing revealed plot devices later dropped from the final production, including a promo shot of Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody) in her room with seaweed hanging from the hook. This is directly from the book where seaweed was used as a planted distraction. This scene is changed in the show, resulting in a plot hole where there is no deliberate distracted planted for the killer's mechanics to work, and is left to chance instead. A promotional photo first shown in an article on telegraph.co.uk showed two actors as Sir Thomas Legge and Inspector Maine from the book's epilogue, which was deleted for the show. See more »
The inside of the house (an actual mansion used; Harefield Grove) does not accurate match the wide exterior shots (which uses a CGI mansion inspired by the real mansion). As a result, rooms in certain locations are inexplicable, if not impossible. Especially many of the bedrooms which are clearly reused for different guests. See more »
Names of the actors are excluded from the title sequence after their character has died in the episode preceding. See more »
As much as I have enjoyed watching Miss Marple and Poirot on TV over
the past few years I must admit I have never read an Agatha Christie
novel, and although I was familiar with the basic outline of And Then
There Were None, 10 people on an island being murdered one by one, I
didn't expect it to be so good.
The setting on an isolated island was intriguing, the tie in with the
10 Little Indians poem was clever and the disappearing figures with
each death was a wonderful twist.
With each character having a troubled past it was impossible to single
out an individual as the murderer but isn't that what a good thriller
is all about, making you think, making you work ,to get the thoughts
going, watching it with others made it fun as we all had different
ideas of who the killer was. There were in hindsight clues that were
never picked up on and red herrings that although lead you so far,
didn't quite lead you to the guilty one and when the murderer is
finally revealed it was well thought out and clever rather than just
You do have to give Agatha Christie credit even without her much loved
'old dear' and moustached, funny little Belgium man she could write a
great who done it, and without the characteristic or familiar settings
of these two detectives she was able to go further with the story line,
delve deeper into the dark side of human nature.
It has certainly left me wanting more, and has left me intrigued as to
other Agatha Christie novels that don't feature her more famous
characters. Here's hoping they adapt more of her novels on TV or indeed
maybe I should just pick up a book! lol
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