Mr. U.N. Owen or just Mr. Unknown?

When I think about And Then There Were None, the first thing that comes to my mind is “Why does the title have a spoiler?” Maybe, it wasn’t the best title to choose, however, the plot surpasses all expectations. So, get ready.

BBC ONE released a TV adaptation of the world’s most favourite Christie novel to mark the 125th anniversary of her birth. And Then There Were None is the bestselling crime novel of all time. The book doesn’t feature Christie’s well-known detective Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple but has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The adaptation is quite similar to the book, however, with several changes to the backstories and the murders on the island. Murders?! Aha, 10, to be precise.

Gosh, what happens there?

So, “eight soldiers” are invited to an island by an unknown host, Mr. U.N. Owen. Each of them has a dark secret. As they have dinner, a record starts playing with a voice accusing them of hiding something. Starting with a reckless driver who is played by Douglas Booth, they begin to die, reflecting the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. And then, oh, then they notice that after each death one figurine out of 10 that were on the dining table since their arrival, is broken. Tension rises and sure, they start suspecting each other.

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Photo Credit: BBC
Did I guess? Sure, not! 😂

Once you know the truth, it seems so obvious, so logical! Even after one of the characters says: “Whoever it was who enticed us here, that person knows or has taken the trouble to find out a good deal about us all,” you won’t figure it out, believe me.

Anything to think about?

Oh, yes! Be prepared to have a meditation on guilt after you watch the serial. Murder is easy. The problem is that afterwards you’ll go on remembering it. No matter how hard the characters tried to erase their crimes from the memory, the guilt consciousness gained the upper hand. I’m afraid, a lot of people would do all sorts of dreadful things if they thought they could get away with it. And this is where you’ll start reflecting on justice and how it should be applied, yeah.

Overall, all three episodes of the serial made me gasp, gape, goggle (alliteration, huh?) and other verbs to show that I was super surprised. And, yes, I made sure one time more what a terrible detective I am.

Ok, if I haven’t persuaded you yet to watch it, maybe this will? 😏

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Photo Credit: BBC.  Aidan Turner as Philip Lombard, one of the “soldiers”
Angelina Murashka

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