Friday, April 15, 2016

BBC Series Review: And Then There Were None

Series: And Then There Were None
Genre: Mystery Drama
Starring: Maeve Dermody, Charles Nance, Aidan Turner
Rating: Two thumbs up

Jenni Elyse and I watched this one together the other night solely for the Aidan Turner factor. And I would have to say that it was worth it!

This story follows the Agatha Christie mystery book originally titled Ten Little Indians. I'm sure there are many adaptations and there's the play and all sorts of stuff, so this is simply the latest in the line.

It's the story of 8 people who are summoned to a fancy house on an isolated island and they really have no idea why. None of them know the others. Or the guy who summoned them. Or anything. Then there's the two servants and you've got ten confused and nervous people. Nervous especially when one of them suddenly dies.

And then another. And then another. And so on. All following this poem:

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

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

Eight little soldier boys travelling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.

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

Six little soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumble bee stung one and then there were Five.

Five little soldier boys going in for law;
One got into chancery and then there were Four.

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

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

Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was One.

One little soldier boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself

And then there were None.

—Frank Green, 1869

And as people start figuring it out then they get really nervous and paranoid and start accusing each other. It's awesome!

This version was sufficiently creepy too, which was also awesome. A little gruesome in parts. A little suggestive in parts. But generally all very fun!

And Aidan Turner was great and thankfully, as Jenni said, did not bite the dust too soon! And gave some us great fanservice too. (Korean drama term for...shirtless... basically.)

He continued to have a little problem with that lovely lock of hair, always falling in his eyes.

Bottom Line: You love BBC stuff? You'll love this. You love Aidan Turner? You'll love this.

Here's an extremely short teaser:

But don't take my word for it, let Aidan himself tell you all about it:

Gah, he kills me.


  1. Years, and I do mean years, ago I saw a film version of this. It was in black and white. Enjoyed it and recently reread the book, will be looking for this new version.

  2. Oooh, this sounds excellent. I enjoyed the book and I'm sure a movie based on it would be just as riveting. Too bad I don't have cable :(

  3. LOVED this! I remember reading the book years ago so this almost seemed new to me. :)

  4. Man! I wish I had been able to come. I'll have to watch it someday.

  5. Ha ha ha! I love your review for this! It's the best. And, yes, Aidan Turner did deliver on the fan service. It was great! :D

  6. I look forward to watching this at some point!

  7. Was this on BBC or did you find it on one of the services?



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