Lifetime and BBC Partnering to Produce Miniseries Based on One of the Most Popular Crime Novels of All Time – 100 Million (!) Copies of this Novel Have Been Sold Worldwide

Jul 13, 2015  •  Post A Comment

BBC One and Lifetime have partnered on a miniseries based on “one of the best-selling crime novels of all time, with 100 million copies sold worldwide,” the two companies have announced.

Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” “will air on Lifetime as a two-part miniseries in 2016,” the announcement said, while in the U.K. it will air as a “three episode series…later this year to coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary.”

The announcement also says, “Written by Sarah Phelps (‘The Casual Vacancy,’ ‘Great Expectations’) and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions, production on And Then There Were None has begun in London and Cornwall.  The miniseries stars Douglas Booth (‘Great Expectations,’ ‘The Riot Club’), Emmy Award nominee Charles Dance (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Imitation Game’), Maeve Dermody (‘Black Water,’ ‘Beautiful Kate’), Burn Gorman (‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Torchwood’), BAFTA winner Anna Maxwell Martin (‘The Bletchley Circle,’ ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’), Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Sam Neill (‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘The Tudors’), Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson (‘Mapp & Lucia,’ ‘Parade’s End), Toby Stephens (‘Black Sails,’ ‘Jane Eyre’), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Noah Taylor (‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘Game of Thrones’) and Aidan Turner (‘Poldark,’ ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’).

“Set in 1939 while Europe teeters on the brink of war, ‘And Then There Were None’ follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England.  Cut off from the mainland, with their hosts mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime, and when members of the party start to mysteriously die, they all realize they may be harboring a murderer among their number.  Who will survive?  And who is the killer?”

The classic movie version of this 1939 novel was made in 1945. The screenplay was by Dudley Nichols, and it was directed by René Clair. It featured Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn and Queenie Leonard, according to Wikipedia.

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