Sunday, March 13, 2016

Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" Airs on Lifetime

Join Kerry Hammond tonight as she watches a special event on Lifetime.

Fans of Agatha Christie will be glued to their television sets tonight and tomorrow night to watch the latest BBC One film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. The two-part presentation airs on Lifetime and stars Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance and Aidan Turner.

Ten strangers receive a mysterious invitation to a mansion on a remote island. None knows the identity of their host and each has a secret. A recorded announcement is played at dinner the first night and by then end of the night, one of them is dead. Their only clue is a nursery rhyme that counts down their deaths one by one. The only thing they can agree on is that one of them must be the killer.

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law,
One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
On got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

This is one of Christie’s best novels, with a twist that no first-time watcher or reader sees coming. William Morrow published a TV tie-in edition of the book that was released in trade paperback on February 23rd. It’s a great edition for collectors to add to their library to commemorate this small-screen adaptation.

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