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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Dec 27, 2015.
I'm really enjoying it. It has had me howling with laughter.
Ten Little Somethings? Why the cluck they split it into three episodes defeats me. Almost everyone who's going to watch it has read the book and already knows the end. There's no suspense to crank up! And what's with the swearing?
No - after the David Walliams' Partners in Crime (or was that ITV) where they set it in the 1950s (The Secret Adversary was published in 1922 and the actual Partners in Crime book, published in 1929) - I do like him, but was very disappointed with the adaptation (same characters, but everything else not right).
I love Agatha Christie and even have some first editions from the 1930s (none signed, alas, but I think it too late now) - love Joan Hickson in the Marples and some of the other adaptations....
Is this one any good?
Might give it a go on iPlayer... Charles Dance is always worth a look [although not always a second look]
I've been watching and quite enjoying it but not utterly thrilled, iyswim.
I think it's great. The location is wonderfully menacing, excellent casting (Charles Dance does remarkable things with the blandest of lines) and the story moves right along.
I read the book in the distant past and I can remember how it works out in general, but I can't recall who the actual murderer is. I feel sympathetic towards the companion woman who allowed a child to be drowned so I expect it was her.
Why is it funny?
I'm enjoying it.
I'm saving it up! Aiden Turner is worth several loooong looks!
Especially when wearing just a towel slung low around his hips.
Ooooh don't! I shall be unable to concentrate on the plot! Still prefer the Poldark look though.
Think it's pretty gloomy for a Christmas "treat". Nothing seems to be happening apart from the killings (!). The characters don't seem to be developing, but I was only half watching so perhaps I missed things.
I have been deeply unimpressed with the BBC's offerings this Christmas. I would like my licence-fee back, please.
I think cardboard characters are a feature of Christie's stories. But the facial expressions are hilarious.
It's a gift if you're an actor who wants a bit of Christmas HAM.
Your agent calls you. "The BBC want you to bring some real HAM to this role. Do you think you could, Charles? Super!"
I wouldn't describe Charles Dance's acting on the show as hammy.
There's that and the swearing but only a hint of stocking tops.
I saw this at the theatre earlier in the year. It's not something i'd have chosen but I did really enjoy it.
The bbc version is nowhere near as good - is that just because tv can't beat live theatre or is the the beeb (to steal the phrase above) hamming it up? All the flashbacks which in live theatre are left to your imagination, the ridiculous sound effects at times and the close-ups as we get to scrutinise the faces of the characters - especially Charles Dance. It's the lack of subtlety that spoils it for me, I think.