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Filming begins on Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ for the BBC

MUMBAI: Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ is the best-selling crime novel of all time, with 100 million copies sold worldwide. Now for the first time the book will be adapted into a new television series for BBC’s channel BBC One.

With an illustrious cast in place, Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions have begun filming a three-part adaptation of the author’s masterwork, by Sarah Phelps.

The story is set in 1939. 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.

The cast includes Douglas Booth, Charles Dance Maeve Dermody, Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson.

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’.

BBC Drama Commissioning controller Polly Hill said, “We are thrilled to be bringing Agatha Christie’s wonderful novel to the television screen for the first time. Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation and this stellar cast will prove to be a real treat for the BBC One audience.”

Agatha Christie Productions CEO, executive producer Hilary Strong said, “Agatha Christie Productions is really thrilled to be bringing Christie’s biggest selling novel to the small screen for the first time. We are delighted once again to be working with the wonderful Mammoth Screen, with Sarah Phelps, who has so brilliantly realised Christie’s work in this adaptation, and with such a stellar cast to bring her characters to life.”

Agatha Christie Limited chairman and grandson of Agatha Christie Mathew Prichard said, “I am so excited that this, the most iconic of Agatha Christie stories, is being made for television with this truly extraordinary cast. My grandmother would be thrilled to know that a new generation will be able to enjoy And Then There Were None when it appears on the BBC.”

Mammoth Screen MD Damien Timmer said, “We’re really proud to be working with Sarah Phelps on her searingly modern adaption of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. With this extraordinary cast and director Craig Vivieros at the helm we’re treating it with the ambition and scale befitting of one of the great classic novels of the 20th century.”