Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I have been watching over the last month:
The Frankenstein Chronicles (Series 2)
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Last year this gripping period crime drama, inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, returned for its second series on ITV Encore. After the shock at the end of series one, we return to John Marlott (Sean Bean) as he tries to find Lord Hervey before he can perform his diabolical experiment again. I didn’t love this second series as much as the first, however it was still an enjoyable, edge of your seat thrill. Good watch.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
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When visiting my mum for my birthday, I was thrilled to have the chance to watch this stunning new action film, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan stories, with my brother. Eight years after leaving the jungle Lord Greystoke (Alexander Skarsgård) must become ‘Tarzan’ again to save his friends. As well as a stellar human cast, I thought all the animal characters were digitally brought realistically to life. Good watch.
Read Pantomime Theatre
A good old, traditional pantomime, based on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, which is laugh-out-loud fun for all the family. With a fabulous cast, including: soul-diva Beverley Knight, Strictly finalist Danny Mac, comedian Matt Slack, pop star Suzanne Shaw and comedy duo The Grumbleweeds. I went with friends for my birthday and a brilliant night out was had by all! Great watch.
That’s three new-to-me adaptations watched in January. I also enjoyed re-watching all of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was being re-shown on ITV2. That brings my total up to six adaptations altogether.
As for non-adaptations, I binge watched my recordings of the charming, historical drama Victoria (Series 2) and gritty, historical crime drama Peaky Blinders (Series 4). I also got hooked and downloaded the whole series of the new: explosive, crime thriller Hard Sun and the gut-wrenching, final series of Anglo-French crime drama The Tunnel: Vengeance. Finally, on my visit to my mum’s, I also watched the dark fantasy, adventure The Last Witch Hunter (2015) with my brother.
Have you watched any of these? What did you watch in January?