The stars of And Then There Were None on how to get away with murder

Aidan Turner, Anna Maxwell Martin, Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill and the cast of the Agatha Christie drama explore their dark sides

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AIDAN TURNER as PHILIP LOMBARD

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
I bet my co-star Sam Neill will be great at this question. He’s a very smart guy, so he’d get away with it. He owns a vineyard in New Zealand, so I’d kill someone and then dump them in one of Sam Neill’s wine casks. Blood is red and he does a good pinot noir…

Could you get away with murder?

Well I could only imagine killing someone if they hurt me or my family, so yeah, totally. I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all. But in my day-to-day life I can’t even kill a spider!

Would you make a good detective?

Yes! I loved True Detective – the driving around in vintage cars, wearing cool suits, occasionally questioning people and then going back to the office and hitting the booze… There’s something so romantic about it. In fact, I think I might change profession.

ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN as ETHEL ROGERS

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
Ooh! My doctor friend told me recently that if you get a tiny syringe and you inject – I can’t remember what it is now, but it was easy to get hold of – behind the ear, it’s undetectable. But getting the injection in would be tricky, you would have to sedate them, and then it gets complicated.

Could you get away with murder?

I have a strong guilty conscience. Although I was caught shoplifting and I didn’t feel bad about it at all, actually. It was after I’d had my children. I heard that for a year after giving birth you can’t be prosecuted because they think you’re mad and tired. And then I got addicted. You take big things so if they say, “Oh, you haven’t paid for that box of wine or massive pack of nappies,” you can say, “Oh sorry, I forgot!” I was caught in Waitrose twice. And the security bloke in there still follows me around! I feel like going, “I’ve stopped now! That was five years ago!”

Would you make a good detective?

I’d probably get a good sidekick who would do all my detecting for me! 

MAEVE DERMODY as VERA CLAYTHORNE

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?

I’ve never really thought about it. Poison, probably…

Could you get away with murder?

People presume because you’re an actor you’d make a good murderer, in the sense that you could act your way out of it, but I don’t think actors necessarily are good liars. I don’t think I’m a good liar. I will always blush or give myself away.

Would you make a good detective?

My acting skills would come into their own. If someone was cheating on their wife, I could try to seduce them and see what happens…

CHARLES DANCE as JUSTICE LAWRENCE WARGRAVE

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
It would depend on what I thought of my victim, I suppose. To get it out of the way as quickly as possible, I’d probably shoot them.

Could you get away with murder?

I wouldn’t like to think I could, no. Actors spend their lives lying – I mean, pretending – so I don’t like to pretend when I’m not working.

Would you make a good detective?

I’d make a better detective than murderer – I’ve got an inquisitive mind.

DOUGLAS BOOTH as ANTHONY MARSTON

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
Poisoning is the most subtle way. I could have poisoned you since we’ve been in this room and no one would have noticed…

Could you get away with murder?
No, lying makes me feel terribly guilty. If I felt that I was rude to you during this interview, I would go back to my trailer and worry about it for hours, and then probably write you a letter.
Ooh, that would be good – anthrax in a letter!

Would you make a good detective?
My friends organised a surprise party for me once and I knew immediately – it’s impossible to get anything past me. But then I always think everyone I meet is lovely and belive everything they say. So maybe I’d be a rubbish detective.

MIRANDA RICHARDSON as MISS EMILY BRENT

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?

I’d make it look like somebody else did it! Poison and then at the last minute you tell them it’s you who’s been tormenting them.

Could you get away with murder?

How do you know I haven’t!

Would you make a good detective?

I’m good at picking up on vibes and observing people, it’s part of the job, but I can never figure out people’s motives.

 

BURN GORMAN as WILLIAM BLORE

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?

There’s a few theatre critics I’ve thought about murdering in the past… I’m joking! You’d really have to hate someone to kill them, you’d want to see them suffer; poisoning seems simple but it’s a terrible way to go.

Could you get away with murder?

I come from Irish Catholic stock, so I suffer from terrible guilt! I actually think people who have murdered often want to be found out, to share the burden if nothing else.

Would you make a good detective?

Probably not – with a face like this, I’m more of a bad guy. It’s much more fun to play the devil.

SAM NEILL as GENERAL JOHN MacARTHUR

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
It’s got to be big! No slipping something into someone’s drink, that’s just pathetic. I’d use a steamroller, just leave a stain on the road. There’s probably a couple of people I’d put under a steamroller,but I won’t say who they are, otherwise when they see a steamroller coming their way they’ll be on full alert. And steamrollers don’t go very fast…

Could you get away with murder?

No, I’d be hopeless, I’d confess right away. But here’s a mystery for you – why are the English so fascinated by middle-class murders? You seem to find them comforting. “Let’s sit down with a nice cup of tea and have a cosy afternoon watching a lovely old lady being bumped off in the vicarage!” Very peculiar.

Would you make a good detective?

I’d be terrible! I’m completely gullible, I believe everything anyone tells me.

NOAH TAYLOR as THOMAS ROGERS

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?

I could only murder somebody in absolute anger or revenge. I’d challenge them to a duel – nothing fancy.

Could you get away with murder?

I wouldn’t try to hide it. I’m from a Catholic background so I’m trained to feel guilt, you know? I’ve had dreams where I’ve murdered someone and felt awful the next morning!

Would you make a good detective?

I’m quite intuitive and good at reading people, so probably. I’ve also read a lot of crime novels…

TOBY STEPHENS as DR EDWARD ARMSTRONG

If you were to commit a murder, how would you do it?
I’m squeamish, so I’d probably poison somebody. I couldn’t stab somebody or strangle them because that would be difficult to execute, but poisoning I could walk away from.

Could you get away with murder?

No! I’m not a good liar. Under questioning I unravel quickly. As a kid, I’d steal the last sweet, eat it and be fine, but if my mum asked, “Did you eat the last sweet?” I’d crumble.

Would you make a good detective?

As an actor I’m good at picking up on human behaviour because you mimic that, so I can tell if there’s something “off ” about somebody. 

And Then There Were None i on Boxing Day at 9pm, 27 December at 9pm and 28 December at 9.05pm – all on BBC1 

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