To coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary, BBC One and Lifetime are teaming up for an all-star mini-series based on arguably the Grand Dame of mystery’s most famous work – “And Then There Were None”.
Set on the eve of World War Two, the story follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, their host is mysteriously absent.
A recording starts with each accused of a terrible crime. As each member of the party starts to mysteriously die one-by-one every few hours, the survivors realise one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other.
This time out the ensemble will be: Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”), Aidan Turner (“The Hobbit”), Miranda Richardson (“Harry Potter”), Anna Maxwell Martin (“The Bletchley Circle”), Noah Taylor (“Game of Thrones”), Douglas Booth (“Jupiter Ascending”), Burn Gorman (“Pacific Rim”), and Maeve Dermody (“Black Water”).
One of the best-selling crime novels of all time, over 100 million copies have been sold worldwide. The story has been directly adapted several times including the still most acclaimed 1945 original version, a panned 1965 Swiss Alps version, an under-rated and hard to find Iranian desert-set 1974 version, and the best left forgotten African savannah-set 1989 version.
The story’s central premise however has been ripped off countless times by film and television from classic spoofs like “Murder by Death” to lacklustre thrillers like “Identity,” “D-Tox,” “Mindhunters,” and “Harper’s Island”.
Sarah Phelps (“The Casual Vacancy,” “Great Expectations”) is adapting the script while Craig Viveiros (“The Liability,” “Ghosted”) is directing. The show will first be transmitted in the UK later this year as a three-episode series on the BBC before being re-edited into a two-part miniseries for Lifetime in the United States in early 2016.