And Then There Were None (2015) ★★★★½
Channel: BBC One
Starring: Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor, Aidan Turner
Creator: Sarah Phelps (based on Agatha Christie’s novel)
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
I avoided watching the BBC miniseries of And Then There Were None, as I had received the Agatha Christie novel as a present, and I wanted to read that first. When it was aired, there were some dissenting voices that criticised the changes made and the dark tone that was adopted by series creator, Sarah Phelps. This is one of my favourite books, and Phelps, as well as a stellar cast, help to pull off a suspenseful drama that full of interesting characters. The plot is simply ingenious, and is one of Christie’s darker stories, and the final solution left me completely floored.
Having recently watched the BBC’s other Christie adaptation, Ordeal by Innocence, I was aware of Phelps’ style going into this miniseries. It is a fantastic-looking production and it maintains a stylistic approach throughout the three episodes. The locations and cinematography were beautiful and effectively claustrophobic, with the house basically a character in itself. The musical scores were compelling and ominous, helping to compliment a riveting script that was nail-biting and tight. The creepy nursery rhyme is followed closely, which only adds to the ramping tension that is instilled towards the end of the opening episode.
The dinner scene is the catalyst for the happenings on the island, and there is a genuine sense of dread as each of the characters is in the dark. It is absolutely captivatingly gripping. Despite the genre of the book being a mystery, there is a definite edge of psychological thriller that underpins the storyline and style. The minutes seem to be eaten up as the dramatic finale nears, and as with the book, the delivery of uncovering the murdered was brilliant, and I loved it.
And Then There Were None is a stylish adaptation of one the best mystery novels of all time. With an impeccable cast that perfectly suited their respective roles, a dramatic use of lighting, setting and music, and a delectable pacing of the plot, this adaptation is a thrilling three-parter that satisfies me as a Christie fan, and a fan of mysteries and thrillers.