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A treat for Agatha Christie lovers

Devon in August

A shot of Devon in August. Ahhh. Image courtesy of Helmet, Morguefile.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, get out your mugs of tea and biscuits. A BBC remake of And Then There Were None comes to Lifetime TV this Sunday, March 13. Whoo-hoo!

As a long-time fan of Dame Agatha, I plan to plonk myself in front of the TV and watch it along with other American fans. It’s looking good: the cast includes Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill and Aidan Turner. (Can ANY movie be bad with these talented actors in it?)

Aidan’s looking quite polished in this episode, without the shaggy hairstyles he’s had for Being Human, the Hobbit movies and Poldark. He plays Philip Lombard.

If you’re not familiar with it, the movie concerns 10 people lured to a remote island. And since it’s Agatha, you can guess what starts to happen to them. I’ll desist from saying more — I don’t want to spoil it for the uninitiated.

The book on which this movie is based, Ten Little Indians, has interesting history. According to the Internet Movie Database, this is Agatha’s best-selling book and the world’s best-selling mystery. Agatha herself said it was her most difficult book to write.

I’ve always felt it was one of her most creepy novels, especially with her use of a children’s poem as a plot device. You think you know how it ends, but then Agatha throws in her notorious plot twist at the end. I look forward to seeing how this version plays out.

Blog readers, which are some of your favorite Agatha Christies? Let’s discuss.


Video credit: BBC, YouTube.

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