UPDATED: BBC One has set the principal cast for their newest Agatha Christie series.
Aidan Turner (Poldark), Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia), Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), Douglas Booth (The Riot Club), Maeve Dermody (Beautiful Kate), Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle), Sam Neill (The Tudors), Toby Stephens (Black Sails) and Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders) have all signed on for starring roles in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
First published in 1939, And Then There Were None has gone on to sell more than 100 million copies and tells the story of ten strangers who are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The Casual Vacancy and The Crimson Field scribe Sarah Phelps penned the three scripts for the adaptation, which is being produced by Mammoth Screen in association with Agatha Christie Productions. Sarah Phelps Mathew Prichard, Hilary Strong, Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer and Matthew Read are executive producing, while Craig Viveiros is set to direct. RLJ Entertainment has secured home entertainment and DTO rights in the United States.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Agatha Christie’s wonderful novel to the television screen for the first time” said the BBC’s new Controller of Drama Commissioning Poly Hill. “Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation and this stellar cast will prove to be a real treat for the BBC One audience.”
Additionally, A+E Networks has boarded the series as a co-producer and will air And Then There Were None on their Lifetime network in the United States in 2016. The company – who operate A&E, Lifetime and History in the US – previously signed on as the US broadcast partner for another major BBC production, War & Peace. The company’s international distribution division, A+E Studios International, will handle global sales.
This marks the second major Christie adaptation to get off the ground at the BBC since the corporation secured the exclusive rights to produce TV projects based on the late author’s many works in 2014 (previously the rights were held by ITV). The other Christie adaptation Partners In Crime, starring David Walliams (Little Britain) and Jessica Raine (Line Of Duty), is set to air later this Summer, with the BBC having just recently released a trailer for the six part series.