‘And Then There Were None’ draws strangers to a deadly getaway

Join us Saturdays at 9 p.m. starting Dec. 28 for “And Then There Were None,” a three-part adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most famous works.

Set in the darkening days of 1939, as Europe teeters on the brink of war, 10 strangers with hidden pasts are drawn together by a mysterious invitation for a weekend on Soldier Island off the coast of England. When they arrive, their hospitable hosts fail to appear, but it rapidly becomes clear they were not invited to the island for pleasure. One by one, the guests are killed by an unknown assailant, who marks each murder according to the nursery rhyme “10 Little Soldier Boys.” Soon enough only a few souls remain. Though escape seems impossible and trust is in short supply, they must band together to survive.

Visually stunning and thematically haunting, this British period drama is a faithful recreation of Christie’s chilling tale. Boasting an all-star cast that includes Aidan Turner (“Poldark”), Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) and Miranda Richardson (“Harry Potter”), this high-caliber mini-series will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

Intrigued? Allow us to introduce the suspects:

Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody)
A games mistress, now beginning a secretarial career after witnessing a terrible tragedy, Vera is decent and polite and plays down her compelling beauty to evade the
attention of men. But she is hostage to her darker self…

Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner)
A natural predator in any circumstance, and he knows it. Lombard has made a life in Africa as a soldier of fortune, not through greed or political conviction but because it’s how he feels most thoroughly himself. Whether what he does makes him a good or a bad man is immaterial.

Justice Wargrave (Charles Dance)
Once possessed of a brilliant legal mind, Justice Lawrence Wargrave became notorious as a merciless ‘hanging judge’ – but is now a diminished figure: profoundly frail and battling against a crumbling memory. However, there is one sentence he has never forgotten…

General MacArthur (Sam Neill)
A decorated war hero, General MacArthur is decent, upstanding and thoroughly romantic. A patriot, no doubt about it, yet there is much about the war that haunts him – much that he finds unspeakable.

Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson)
A prudish Teddington spinster and passionate Anglican who has devoted her life to improving the lot of young women, Emily’s commitment to Christ knows no limits and those who fail to meet her strict moral standards inevitably suffer the blunt end of her intractable beliefs.

Anthony Marston (Douglas Booth)
Playboy and petrolhead, Marston is a breathtaking picture of young manhood. Beautiful as a sun god, he blasts through life without an iota of self-consciousness – leaving the rest of humanity blinking away the exhaust fumes.

Dr. Armstrong (Toby Stephens)
With his Harley Street practice, substantial wealth and enduring good looks, the confident and precise Dr. Armstrong, who specializes in women’s ailments, is by most measures a tremendous success. But it takes little to expose his terrible temper, which sours life for all who cross his path.

Thomas Rogers (Noah Taylor)
Hounded from prior employments by cruel gossip, the new butler on Soldier Island has nothing left in the world besides his wife, Ethel. Under the backing of Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen, they are the very model of efficiency and deference – though behind closed doors their partnership is increasingly bitter.

Ethel Rogers (Anna Maxwell Martin)
Meek and biddable, Soldier Island’s housekeeper is the wife of Thomas Rogers, on whom she is utterly dependent. A life of service and the stain of rumor have weakened her soul; Ethel’s one retreat is in the kitchen, where she truly excels.

DS William Blore (Burn Gorman)
Operating on Soldier Island under a pseudonym, the boorish William Blore is a police detective moonlighting as ‘security’ for the enigmatic Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen. He is ill at ease with the complex social web in which he finds himself trapped.

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