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Episode #1.3 

With their numbers dwindling, the remaining guests have very different reactions to their situation as everything becomes a fight for survival.


Craig Viveiros


Sarah Phelps (screenplay), Sarah Phelps (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Maeve Dermody ... Vera Claythorne
Burn Gorman ... Detective Sergeant William Blore
Charles Dance ... Judge Lawrence Wargrave
Toby Stephens ... Doctor Edward Armstrong
Aidan Turner ... Philip Lombard
Catherine Bailey ... Olivia Ogilvie Hamilton
Rob Heaps ... Hugo
Harley Gallacher Harley Gallacher ... Cyril Ogilvie Hamilton
Joseph Prowen Joseph Prowen ... Edward Seton
Tom Clegg Tom Clegg ... James Stephen Landor


Tempers fray as night falls and Judge Wargrave explains the reason for his being brought to the island. Next day there is another soldier missing and hysteria and suspicion take hold, relieved by drunken partying. Soon there are only two guests left, each believing the other to be the serial killer - unless, of course, the real murderer is still alive. Either way when the boatman comes to collect the guests he will find that the rhyme has come true. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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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 »


Philip Lombard: I hear you were one for the black square and the rope, Judge Wargrave.
Judge Lawrence Wargrave: When it was appropriate, yes.
Philip Lombard: And Tubbs here tells me you used to go and watch all the hangings you'd ordered. Is that true?
Detective Sergeant William Blore: You really want to stop calling me that.
Philip Lombard: Is that true, Judge?
Judge Lawrence Wargrave: I had the power to condemn men and women to death for their crimes. With great power comes great responsibility. I believe that to look away as that power is exercised is both irresponsible and cowardly.
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The Destruction of Pure Evil
20 April 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While most of us, myself included, would have a hard time watching people punished and killed, Christie gave us a group of the worst characters. All had done despicable things. Is capital punishment the answer. I don't believe so, but that was the punishment at the time and all of them would have received it had they ever gone to trial. The key thing here is that this is a beautifully paced, well acted, and nearly true depiction of the wonderful novel. As the characters weigh their guilt at every turn and act to hold on to life, we have some sympathy, but their victims were innocents. Some made some impulsive mistakes but they got caught up in hatred and self serving action. Vera Claythorne is probably the most interesting case because she is portrayed throughout as rational and victimized. Watch her as the conclusion unfolds.

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