I thought summer was supposed to be quiet in the crime drama genre, but last week proved that there’s no rest for the wicked. So much so I vowed to take a break from it all at the weekend. Bad move. Not only was Comic-Con in full swing, but a new piece of rather meaty Agatha Christie-related news was released into the world: we now have more details about the second BBC Christie adaptation and some cast news. And what cast news.
The late Queen Of Crime’s And Then There Were None is the best-selling crime novel of all time, with 100 million copies sold worldwide. It’s set in 1939 as 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. Classic single-location whodunit stuff.
The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.
Now then, just check out this ensemble cast:
Douglas Booth is Anthony Marston.
Charles Dance is Justice Lawrence Wargrave.
Maeve Dermody is Vera Claythorne.
Burn Gorman is William Blore.
Anna Maxwell Martin is Ethel Rogers.
Sam Neill is General John MacArthur.
Miranda Richardson is Miss Emily Brent.
Toby Stephens is Dr Edward Armstrong.
Noah Taylor is Thomas Rogers.
Aidan Turner is Philip Lombard.
Reports suggesting Aidan Turner will keep his top on for the entire duration could not be confirmed as we went to press.
Filming has started with a transmission date of early 2016 slated.
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