Almost always, a bestselling book will have its alter ego --- either a play, a movie, or a TV series. Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is one among them. I've read the book and I've seen the 2015 BBC One TV series on iFlix. Listed below are my observations on the striking differences between the book and the TV series.
1. Indian vs. Soldier
The original 1939 novel is about ten people of different professions and social status who received an unusual invitation from a certain millionaire named U.N. Owen. The invitation requires them to stay for a week in a private island called Indian Island. When they arrived there, they found it amusing to find the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians, hanging on their rooms and ten little figurines on the dining table.
The miniseries tried its best to stick to the original plot and divided the story into three episodes. However, in the TV version, the nursery rhyme became Ten Little Soldiers, and the island is called Soldier Island.
2. The relationship between Vera Claythorne and Phillip Lombard
In the book, it was only implied that there is some sort of attraction between Vera and Phillip. But in the miniseries, the sexual tension between the two culminated in a sexual affair.
3. Ghost appearances?
I don’t remember ghost appearances in the novel but I do know that each character tried to reminisce their crimes they committed either with a dream or flashbacks. However, in the miniseries, Vera Claythorne had seen some ghost apparitions of Cyril, the boy that drowned under her care. It haunted her and it gave an eerie feel to the miniseries and made it more thrilling.
4. The ending
In the novel, the murders remained unsolved until a letter reached Scotland Yard. In the miniseries, no one from Scotland Yard appeared.
The miniseries was able to provide the essential details of the novel and it gave the book a fresh look. My original blogs on these two are also found in my website.