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Wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll is murdered at her family estate Sunny Point. Her adopted son Jack Argyll, a young delinquent, is arrested for her murder.

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Sandra Goldbacher

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Sarah Phelps
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Chancellor ... Rachel Argyll
Anthony Boyle ... Jack Argyll
Morven Christie ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Bill Nighy ... Leo Argyll
Brian McCardie ... Bellamy Gould
Christian Cooke ... Mickey Argyll
Crystal Clarke ... Tina Argyll
Luke Murray Luke Murray ... Young Jack
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Mary Durrant
Ella Purnell ... Hester Argyll
Hayden Robertson Hayden Robertson ... Young Hester
Catriona McNicoll Catriona McNicoll ... Young Mary
Abigail Conteh Abigail Conteh ... Young Tina
Rhys Lambert Rhys Lambert ... Young Mickey
Matthew Goode ... Philip Durrant
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In 1956 Leo Argyll prepares to marry the younger, malicious Gwenda Vaughan, eighteen months after his wife Rachel was murdered. Jack, one of their several adopted children is accused of Rachel's murder. Another adoptee Mary, married to wheelchair-bound Philip, sees Gwenda as a vulgar gold digger, whilst prodigal son Mickey and sisters Hester and Tina are more relaxed. Physicist Arthur Calgary, recently returned from a year in the Arctic, comes forward to give Jack an alibi, although the family does not believe him. However, it is apparent that Rachel was not the kindly matron Leo believed her to have been. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English

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10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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Ella Purnell said her character Hester has two personas. The first is her family persona where she plays the princess, and her second persona is how she is with her siblings, where she acts her age, seems much older and craves this independence. See more »

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A very good start.
5 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The annual Agatha Christie drama has become an important event for viewers and the BBC alike, from the BBC's point of view it spends a huge amount of money, it needs a return in terms of viewers, as for us viewers we were treated to the incredible And then there were none at Christmas 2015, and every subsequent drama will be judged by that standard.

Whilst it's perhaps not the quality of And then there were none, it is still very good, personally it's not a story I care a huge deal for, but it certainly has its merits. As expected it's a sumptuous, lavish production, incredibly well produced and sleek. Superbly acted, Bill Nighy stands out, he's somehow different, more serious, it's a very measured performance from him.

One change from the book I find a little odd is Kirsten, she's meant to be a mature woman from Norway, and yet she's an attractive woman in the form of the gorgeous Morven Christie, it will be interesting to see how she develops the part. I've just watched ITV's version with Marple, I know it's not universally liked, but I'm a fan, one thing they got very right was the part of Kirsten, beautifully portrayed by Alison Steadman. I can't wait to see how this one plays out.

A clever story, well rounded characters, stylish, what's not to enjoy?

8/10


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