The 2015 miniseries Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is quite astonishing. It uses the book ending rather than the play ending (Christie wrote both).
Generally speaking, I prefer the play ending for reasons that I will list in the next post. But I have to extend kudos to the 2015 miniseries for pulling off the book ending with plausible panache.
In the book, everyone dies. It is the perfect master-plan, carried out to perfection by the murderer. Vera Claythorne and Philip Lombard, the final victims, die when Vera kills him, then hangs herself. As the murderer states, The police will arrive to find ten dead bodies and no answer to how it all happened.
|Still from Endless Night|
For the play version of And Then There Were None, Christie altered the ending. The viewers learn that Vera and Philip are guiltless of the murderer's accusations (the murderer is killing off people who got away with crimes) and work together to outlive the murderer.
|Vera Less Respectable|
|Lombard's ruthlessness is only slightly|
|undercut by the utterly charming|
|tendency of Aidan Turner's hair to|
|curl at the slightest hint of humidity.|
And they are executed nonetheless.
To be continued . . .
* Personally, I don't mind "cozies," but I get tired of people so fundamentally misreading Christie's books.