BBC One’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None has started shooting.
Based on the best-selling crime novel of all time, the three-part drama has been adapted for TV by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations).
The all-star ensemble cast includes Aidan Turner (Poldark) as Philip Lombard, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) as General John MacArthur, Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia) as Miss Emily Brent, Burn Gorman (Torchwood) as William Blore, Douglas Booth (The Riot Club) as Anthony Marston, Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones) as Justice Lawrence Wargrave, Maeve Dermody (Black Water) as Vera Claythorne, Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) as Ethel Rogers, Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) as Dr Edward Armstrong and Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders) as Thomas Rogers.
The official synopsis reads: “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.”
Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “We are thrilled to be bringing Agatha Christie’s wonderful novel to the television screen for the first time. Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation and this stellar cast will prove to be a real treat for the BBC One audience.”
Executive producer Hilary Strong added: “Agatha Christie Productions is really thrilled to be bringing Christie’s biggest selling novel to the small screen for the first time. We are delighted once again to be working with the wonderful Mammoth Screen, with Sarah Phelps, who has so brilliantly realised Christie’s work in this adaptation, and with such a stellar cast to bring her characters to life.”
Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard said: “I am so excited that this, the most iconic of Agatha Christie stories, is being made for television with this truly extraordinary cast. My grandmother would be thrilled to know that a new generation will be able to enjoy And Then There Were None when it appears on the BBC.”
And Then There Were None will air on BBC One later this year to coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary.
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