It's 1939 and Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. As members of the party start to die one by one, the survivors realize that one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other.
Agatha Christie's darkest thriller
Did You Know?
Promotional material prior to the show's airing revealed plot devices later dropped from the final production, including a promo shot of Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody
) in her room with seaweed hanging from the hook. This is directly from the book where seaweed was used as a planted distraction. This scene is changed in the show, resulting in a plot hole where there is no deliberate distracted planted for the killer's mechanics to work, and is left to chance instead. A promotional photo first shown in an article on telegraph.co.uk showed two actors as Sir Thomas Legge and Inspector Maine from the book's epilogue, which was deleted for the show. See more
Near the end, when Vera drops the gun (to the accompaniment of a loud crash) the barrel of the gun wiggles, proving that it is rubber. See more
Names of the actors are excluded from the title sequence after their character has died in the episode preceding. See more
Originally aired as three 60-minute episodes on BBC1 in the UK. It was later re-edited into two 2-hour episodes for it's airing on Lifetime network in the US. See more