Hollywood stars come to Kynance

Hollywood stars of BBC drama ‘And Then There Were None’ were filmed at Kynance Cove, Mullion Cove and Mullion Island in Cornwall over the summer of 2015.

The filming of the popular adaptation of Agatha Christie’s chilling murder mystery meant visitors to Kynance Cove were able to watch A-list actors including Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Sam Neil and Douglas Booth performing in front of the cameras.

Aidan Turner on set at Kynance with Director Craig Viveiros
Aidan Turner, on set with Director of Agatha Christie's And then there were none

With its pure white sand, turquoise waters and dark looming cliffs, Kynance made the perfect setting for one of the beaches in the story’s mysterious 'Soldier Island'. It featured in the climactic final confrontation between characters Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody) and Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner).

The crew also filmed scenes at Mullion Cove, which saw 10 members of the cast setting off by boat to meet their fates on ‘Soldier Island’. The scene of the boat’s arrival and its passengers’ first view of the house was filmed just off the coast on Mullion Island. Since there are no buildings on Mullion Island, the house was created using a 3D model, scaled down to make the island look bigger.

July is always a busy month at our places, and the Lizard team worked hard to ensure that visitors were not disappointed when they arrived at the beaches that were used in the filming. Most visitors were excited by the sight of the large film unit and said the filming had added to their experience of being there.

Filming at Kynance
Filming at Kynance board sign

Thanks to their rugged coastlines, historical features and sandy beaches, places like Kynance and Mullion have become very popular with film and TV location scouts. This is great news for our conservation work as every film or TV drama shot on our land helps generate income, which we put back into caring for these special places.

See if you can spot Kynance Cove in series two of Poldark when it returns to our screens in autumn 2016.

'And Then There Were None' was adapted for television by Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Crimson Field) and directed by Craig Viveiros (X Company, Silent Witness).

Charles Dance on set at Kynance
Charles Dance, posing at Kynance during filming of And Then There Were None