via press release:
FILMING BEGINS ON MINISERIES BASED ON
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
FOR LIFETIME AND BBC ONE
LONDON/LOS ANGELES, CA (July 13, 2015) – BBC One and Lifetime have partnered on a miniseries based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, one of the best-selling crime novels of all time, with 100 million copies sold worldwide.
Written by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations) and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions, production on And Then There Were None has begun in London and Cornwall. The miniseries stars Douglas Booth (Great Expectations, The Riot Club), Emmy® Award nominee Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Imitation Game), Maeve Dermody (Black Water, Beautiful Kate), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises, Torchwood), BAFTA winner Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle, Death Comes to Pemberley), Emmy and Golden Globe® Award nominee Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders, The Tudors), Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, Parade’s End), Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Jane Eyre), Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones) and Aidan Turner (Poldark, The Hobbit Trilogy).
Set in 1939 while Europe teeters on the brink of war, And Then There Were None follows 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 when members of the party start to mysteriously die, they all realize they may be harboring a murderer among their number. Who will survive? And who is the killer?
And Then There Were None is a co-production for BBC One and Lifetime in the US. A+E Networks will handle international sales for And Then There Were None under the A+E Studios International banner.
Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations) is writer and executive producer, the director is international award-winning Craig Viveiros (The Liability, Ghosted), the producer is Abi Bach (The Honorable Woman). The executive producers are Mathew Prichard and Hilary Strong for Agatha Christie Productions Ltd, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Matthew Read for the BBC.
UK transmission as a three episode series will be later this year to coincide with Agatha Christie’s 125th anniversary, while And Then There Were None will air on Lifetime as a two-part miniseries in 2016.
Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, nonfiction series and movies. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, in 2014 the network reached its strongest ranking among the key Women 18-49 demo in six years and its youngest median age in 18 years. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
Agatha Christie Productions is the production arm of Agatha Christie Ltd. Chaired by Mathew Prichard, the author’s Grandson with CEO Hilary Strong, ACL has been managing Agatha Christie’s literary and media rights globally since 1955. Working with the biggest names in film, television, publishing, stage and now digital, ACL ensures that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard. Most recent projects include the global publication of the new Poirot novel The Monogram Murders by bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah, and forthcoming BBC One adaptations of Partners in Crime starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine, and And Then There Were None, co-produced by Agatha Christie Productions.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc (NASDAQ: RLJE), is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. RLJ Entertainment’s subsidiary Acorn Productions Ltd also manages all rights to period UK detective drama Foyle’s War and develops unique drama programming for the UK and US markets. U.S. based RLJ Entertainment, Inc. owns a 64% share of Agatha Christie Ltd. In addition to its investment in And Then There Were None, the company co-funded the forthcoming BBC television series Partners in Crime starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine, co-produced by Agatha Christie Productions.
Mammoth Screen is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Recent shows have included POLDARK for BBC One, BLACK WORK and ENDEAVOUR for ITV and AGATHA RAISIN for Sky One. Upcoming shows include VICTORIA for ITV and TRIPPED for E4.