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Classic Mystery

Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None

and then there were none agatha chrisiteAgatha Christie's 1939 classic "locked room" or in this case, island, mystery has been televised by the BBC as a four hour mini-series to be shown in this country on the Lifetime Channel tonight (March 13) and Monday (March 14). Setting this story apart from Christie's usual mysteries is the lack of a primary detective like Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. Instead, there are ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, with their hosts mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime, and mysteriously begin to die one by one, in accordance with the lines of a nursery rhyme. The series stars many distinguished British actors, including Sam Neill, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Aidan Turner, all of whom will be familiar to regular BBC/Masterpiece viewers. Of the production, reviewer Maureen Ryan of Variety says, "The results are astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining."