The Version Interview... Douglas Booth on BBC One's And Then There Were None.
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is the bestselling crime novel of all time, with 100 million copies sold worldwide. It was recently voted the world's favourite Christie, and this Christmas, for the first time, a new television adaptation will be shown on BBC One.
With an illustrious cast, Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions have produced a three-part adaptation of the author's masterpiece, adapted by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations) and directed by award-winning Craig Viveiros.
Douglas Booth’s introduction to And Then There Were None came in the form of Sarah Phelps’ adapted script and, having worked with the writer previously on Great Expectations, he was keen to get involved. "I just saw her name and thought I have to read this right now. And it was brilliant, she just writes with so much detail, so much depth. So I read the script, absolutely loved it and then I went and visited Agatha Christie's book when I started to work on my character.”
The exploration of the dark side of human nature has been a process Douglas has really enjoyed. "Everyone seems to have a secret or something under the surface; it isn’t instantly visible to the viewer which has been really interesting to see how each actor comes to the role and how much they show and led on."
Talking specifically about his role, Douglas claims: "What’s interesting about my character, Anthony Marston is that he is truly unaware of his secret, of his darker side because he is just so thoughtless, so uncaring and self-centred that he’s not even aware. Marston is a reckless young man who doesn’t really think about much else other than what is directly in front of him and his own desires, needs and wants." Other than the enjoyment of undertaking this role, Douglas too has been enjoying his first time dressing in 1930’s costume. "I hadn’t done 1930s before so I was really looking forward to it and actually I love the style.
The really tight waist and slightly wider trouser, I’ve really enjoyed it. To be honest I think it’s quite comfortable I mean the trousers are quite cinched at the waist which is a little tight after lunch but ultimately it’s pretty comfortable." It wasn’t just the 1930’s attire that Douglas was impressed with but the set too. "The production crew came in and started from scratch and it’s amazing if you carefully look at little details in the house and bits of artwork you sort of see some really sinister scenes.
On the surface it seems so inviting but actually when you get into the depth and detail of it, it’s pretty foreboding." Douglas explains how much he has loved this filming process and being part of an ensemble cast that includes some of the country’s finest actors. "I think what’s really been amazing on this project is the cast. Especially having the generation above me telling all their stories. They’ve had me laughing for days; they’re just so funny. It’s just been a really, really great ensemble feeling.”
And Then There Were None starts 9pm Boxing Day, on BBC One.