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Ten strangers are persuaded to retreat from their troubled lives and travel to Soldier Island, an isolated rock off the Devon coast, where all is not as it seems.


Craig Viveiros


Sarah Phelps (screenplay), Sarah Phelps (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maeve Dermody ... Vera Claythorne
Harley Gallacher Harley Gallacher ... Cyril Ogilvie Hamilton
Paul Chahidi ... Isaac Morris
Charlie Russell Charlie Russell ... Audrey
Miranda Richardson ... Emily Brent
Toby Stephens ... Doctor Edward Armstrong
Charles Dance ... Judge Lawrence Wargrave
Douglas Booth ... Anthony Marston
Burn Gorman ... Detective Sergeant William Blore
Aidan Turner ... Philip Lombard
Sam Neill ... General John MacArthur
Richard Hansell ... Recording Artist
Noah Taylor ... Thomas Rogers
Christopher Hatherall ... Fred Narracott
Anna Maxwell Martin ... Ethel Rogers


Seven strangers are invited to a weekend house party on Soldier Island by the anonymous Mr or Mrs U.N. Owen, along with domestic staff Mr and Mrs Rogers and Vera Claythorne who has been offered a secretarial post. There is no host to greet them but Rogers is instructed to play a record, which names them all as being responsible for a death for which they were not caught and punished. There is the children's rhyme ending And Then There Were None in each room and ten miniature figures of soldiers on the dining room table. One of the guests is revealed to be an impostor but then another dies in the manner of the first little soldier and next day a second victim is claimed in the same way and two of the model soldiers have been removed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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26 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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Blore's handwritten note next to Mrs. Rogers' name reads "scared of shadow". This is also what Vera thinks (almost verbatim) when she first meets Mrs. Rogers in the novel. See more »


The letter in the opening five minutes is typed 'U.N. Owen.', but when the signature is shown, it is written as 'U. N. Owen'. See more »


Doctor Edward Armstrong: [after Lombard reveals a canister of cocaine Marston was keeping] Ah. Well perhaps we'll remove the stimulant, out of respect to the family.
Detective Sergeant William Blore: It's a police matter now, doctor. Same set of rules whether you're posh or not.
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Ten little Indian boys went out to dine...
24 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'And Then Were None' is one of my favourite, and one of my first, Agatha Christie books, as well as one of my favourites of all time. The plot is simply ingenious, as well as a contender for Christie's darkest, as is the final solution (left me completely floored on first reading, though it is very difficult to pull off adaptation-wise), there is a suspenseful and ominous atmosphere evoked and the characters are interesting.

This 2015 adaptation of 'And Then There Were None' (when aired it turned out to be a huge improvement over the disappointing previous Agatha Christie adaptation 'Partners in Crime') for me is the third best behind the 1987 Russian (the most faithful) and the 1945 Rene Clair (which had a particularly great cast) versions. Of all the versions, the only one that didn't do anything for me was the 1989 film.

It gets off to a great start with this first episode. The initial introductory stages may be a touch on the slow side, though credit is due for it conveying more menace in these stages than how most of the other adaptations started. While some may find fault with some aspects like the much talked about swearing, gruesome killings and the ending they weren't a problem personally. Some may find the violence and swearing is gratuitous, not me, while the swearing is somewhat anachronistic for Christie it does fit the characters' increasingly fragile states of mind and doesn't feel that out of place within the increasingly dire situation. Aiden Turner's much talked about sex appeal wasn't that much of a distraction either.

Beyond the slightly slow start, the episode very quickly gets incredibly gripping. The dinner scene really captivates in its tense atmosphere, apparent throughout albeit more subtle but especially when the accusations of the characters' pasts and crimes are made and after where it builds until a real sense of dread. Did find in the adaptation that Blore's (in particular) crime is far too blatant, to the extent that that it didn't cause suspicion is hard to believe, and goes against the motive for the killings (more equal culpability than direct responsibility).

Visually, the episode looks fantastic, with stylish filming and locations and lighting that looked both beautiful and effectively claustrophobic, with the house quite rightly like a character in itself. The music is suitably ominous without being overbearing, and the script has plenty of entertaining and nail-biting parts as well as intelligently written. There is a real sinister tone, frightening suspense and claustrophobic dread that is maintained throughout the adaptation and even increased. As well as being a mystery it was a psychological character study too, something that not every adaptation did. The direction is handled beautifully and deftly.

Can find nothing to fault the cast. is particularly true with Charles Dance, who has a cold but understated authority, Aiden Turner, who has more than just sex appeal having also broodiness, Toby Stephens' indignant and commanding Armstrong (any overdone scenes fitted with the horrors of the situation) and Burn Gorman, who had a menacing but also nervous intensity. Maeve Dermody is also deserving of credit for bringing some vulnerability to Vera but also steel, and it was great to see Vera show her true colours at the end which we didn't get to see enough of in other adaptations that adopted the alternate ending. Miranda Richardson's Emily Brent is a character we feel repulsion and pity for and Douglas Booth's Marston is perhaps the best acted of all the adaptations and the truest to the book, youthful, reckless handsome and a little annoying but not obnoxious. Sam Neill brings dignified gravitas as McArthur. Anna Maxwell Martin and Noah Taylor fare solidly.

Overall, a great start. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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