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And Then There Were None

the-series-philosopher-and_then_there_were_none_title_cardAnd Then There Were None is a 2015 British-American mystery drama thriller television serial that was first broadcast on BBC One from 26 to 28 December 2015. The three-part programme was adapted by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy) and directed by Craig Viveiros and is based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name. The serial aired in the United States on Lifetime from 13 to 14 March 2016.

Plot

On a hot day in late August 1939, eight people, all strangers to each other, are invited to a small, isolated island off the coast of Devon, England, by a “Mr and Mrs Owen”. The guests settle in at a mansion tended by two newly hired servants, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, but their hosts are absent. When the guests sit down to dinner, they notice the centrepiece, ten figurines of soldiers arranged in a circle. Afterward, Thomas Rogers puts on a gramophone record, from which a voice accuses everyone present of murder. Shortly after this, one of the party dies from poisoning, and then more and more people are murdered, all in methods synonymous with a nursery rhyme the island is named after, and the murderer removes a figurine from the dining table each time someone is killed. The remaining people decide to work together. They must discover who the murderer is before they run out of time and nobody remains.

Cast

  • Douglas Booth as Anthony Marston: Accused of killing two children, John and Lucy Coombes, by reckless driving, which he acknowledges.
  • Charles Dance as Justice Lawrence Wargrave: Accused of murdering an innocent man by sentencing him to hang.
  • Maeve Dermody (Serangoon Road) as Vera Claythorne: Accused of murdering Cyril Hamilton, a boy in her care, having encouraged the child to swim out further in the hope that he would drown so her lover, the boy’s uncle, would become heir to the family estate.
  • Burn Gorman (Torchwood, Turn: Washington’s Spies, The Hour, Game of Thrones) as Detective Sergeant William Blore: Accused of murdering a homosexual in a police cell.
  • Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones) and Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle) as Thomas and Ethel Rogers: Accused of murdering a previous employer.
  • Sam Neill (The Tudors, Crusoe, Alcatraz) as General John MacArthur: Accused of murdering a fellow officer having an affair with his wife.
  • Miranda Richardson (Absolutely Fabulous, Walliams And Friend) as Emily Brent: Accused of being responsible for the suicide of her maid by abandoning her when she became pregnant.
  • Aidan Turner (The Clinic, Being Human, Poldark) as Philip Lombard: Accused for killing 21 men in Eastern Africa for diamonds.
  • Toby Stephens (Robin Hood) as Doctor Edward Armstrong: Accused of killing a patient during surgery while drunk.

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