|And Then There Were None|
The book, by Agatha Christie, was published in 1939 and I think the miniseries captures the era well and it certainly has a lot of the nostalgic Christie feel about it. If you're thinking of an Agatha Christie novel with good manners, manor houses and a little inconvenient murder to solve then you need to revisit Dame Christie. And Then There Were None is when Agatha Christie tapped into her dark side and the result is a real masterpiece.
One of the reasons I liked the miniseries is that it managed to capture the darkness really well. The bleakness of the island that is the main setting for the mini series made me want to go and visit, but it turns out that it wasn't actually filmed on an island! When I first heard about this adaptation I remember reading 'mass murder rarely gets as fun as this' which I thought would've made a great tagline.
The basic story shows 8 strangers being invited to stay on a small, isolated island by someone none of them have actually met - the mysterious U. N. Owen. When they get to the island their host isn't there although there are two servants on the island to look after them.
As the three part mini series unfolds our island cast of ten are killed off in the same way as the nursery rhyme (known as Ten Little Indians or Ten Little Soldiers), something which is picked up on by one of the main characters Vera Claythorne (played admirably by Maeve Dermody).
As you get to the end and are still trying to work out who did it we do get to see who was pulling the strings and it is the ending where it deviates from the book a bit, but not in a bad way.
I really believe that if Agatha Christie was alive today she'd be very happy with how this mini series turned out.
If you wanted to you could always read the book and watch the mini series to see which you prefer! You can check out all of Agatha Christie's books on Agatha Christie's Booklist.
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