August 1939. Dark clouds are gathering over Europe.
And off the coast of South Devon, a remote island becomes the setting for a series of sinister killings…
‘And Then There Were None’ has provided the model for innumerable ‘locked room’ mysteries. It’s also one of Christie’s very few works where there is no ingenious detective – no Poirot or Miss Marple – to solve the case. Just a group of extraordinary characters marooned together on an island, where one of them is deranged killer. But which one?
In some ways, it’s the purest mystery Christie ever wrote.
Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, but on arrival, their hosts, Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen are strangely absent.
As the evening unfolds, the fragile atmosphere of forced good humour is broken by the sudden disclosure that they are all guilty of murder.
Then one by one, members of the party begin to die, the manner of their killing linked to a seemingly innocent nursery rhyme.
Fear, suspicion and paranoia take hold of the remaining survivors as they realise the killer must be one of them.
Christie, who wrote the stage adaptation herself, provided a more upbeat ending than her novel. But a 2015 adaptation followed the novel more closely . Which have we used? You’ll have to find out…