DVD Review: The BBC’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Is A Hugely Satisfying Whodunnit - Movies In Focus
The BBC has delivered a wonderful TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Sarah Phelps writes and Craig Viveiros directs this three-part thriller which features an impressive line-up of actors (Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Toby Stephens and Aidan Turner to name but a few). Christie was the master of the mystery novel and And Then There Were None is her most successful and influential novel. Nearly every single-location mystery you’ve seen or read has taken its cue from this iconic tale. Set in 1939, And Then There Were None sees ten strangers invited to a small island off the Cornish coast following an invitation by the mysterious Mr and Mrs Owen. They appear to have nothing in common though it soon transpires that they all hold a deep, dark secret. To make matters worse, they’re slowly killed-off one by one. A mastery in tension across its three, one hour episodes, And Then There Were None grabs the viewer and pulls them into the drama. The performances might play broad at times but there’s fun to be had as the body count rises and the characters begin to turn on themselves. It’s not easy to take the world’s biggest selling [...]