Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is supposed to be the mystery writer’s best-selling novel with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide. The classic mystery has been adapted for radio, stage, TV and film numerous times since its original publication. One of the more recent, a three-part 2016 BBC mini-series, debuted Saturday night on UNC-TV and featured a veritable who’s who of actors from other public broadcasting fare. Let’s meet them.
Aidan Turner portrays soldier of fortune Philip Lombard. Of course, Turner is best known as the dashing Ross Poldark on the hit Masterpiece series.
Sam Neill is General John MacArthur. The Jurassic Park actor has had a long and storied career but longtime PBS viewers may recall him as Sidney Reilly on Reilly: Ace Of Spies on Mystery! Neill also played Victor Komarovsky on an early-aughts Doctor Zhivago (starring Keira Knightly) and Mr. Prettiman on To The Ends of the Earth.
Miranda Richardson plays respectable spinster Emily Brent. Back in the early 1990s, she was Sidonie Reiger in the Mystery! series Die Kinder (The Children).
Anna Maxwell Martin is cook/housekeeper Ethel Rogers. She was Elizabeth Darcy on Death Comes To Pemberley, Sarah Burton on South Riding and Esther Summerson on Bleak House. However, Anna Maxwell Martin may be best known as Susan on The Bletchley Circle.
Maeve Dermody is former governess Vera Claythorne. The only thing I could find that she’s been in that UNC-TV would have aired is a guest role on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Hey, it counts.
Charles Dance portrays Judge Lawrence Wargrave. Most recently, he appeared in The Woman in White as Frederick Fairlie. He was also Mr. Tulkinghorn on Bleak House, Duke of Buckingham on Henry VIII, Maxim de Winter on Rebecca and, going way back, Guy Perron on The Jewel In the Crown.
Burn Gorman is Detective Sergeant William Henry Blore. Gorman played Hindley on Wuthering Heights and Guppy on Bleak House, both on Masterpiece.
Toby Stephens portrays Doctor Edward George Armstrong. About ten years back, he was Rochester on a Jane Eyre adaptation on Masterpiece.
Douglas Booth is the irresponsible Anthony James Marston. He played Pip on a 2012 Masterpiece presentation of Great Expectations.
Rob Heaps plays Hugo Hamilton (in Vera’s flashback). Heaps was AC Tom Halliwell in series two of Home Fires.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE continues Saturday night at 10 on UNC-TV.
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