Adaptations: June 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, it is time for an update on the adaptations I have been watching over the last month:

A Very English Scandal (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

On the BBC iPlayer, my dad and I binged watched this new British three-part drama, based on John Preston’s book, which dramatizes the political scandal that rocked Britain in the 1970s. In which Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), the leader of the Liberal Democrats, was tried and acquitted of conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (Ben Wishaw). With a gay love-affair, a bungled murder plot and a dead dog… this really has all the ingredients for a very funny yet chilling English scandal! Great watch.

That is one new-to-me adaptation and as I have not re-watched any adaptations either, that’s just one adaptation finished over the whole month! However I am also still watching The Handmaid’s Tale (Series 2) and Poldark (Series 4), so will hopefully have more to share with you next month.

As for non-adaptations, after finishing the gripping final series of The Tunnel, I thought I would go back to check out the original Scandinavian series, The Bridge (Series 1). Even with the subtitles this was just as gripping and I can now see how well The Tunnel’s makers transposed the original story and characters. I also went to the cinema to see the super fun Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Then right at the end of the month, I finished watching the often brilliant but also baffling and bonkers Westworld (Series 2).

Have you watched any of these? What did you watch in June?


13 thoughts on “Adaptations: June 2018

  1. I’m also watching Poldark, but can’t bring myself to watch the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale right now. Current events here in the US make the world of the Handmaid’s Tale seem too close for comfort; and watching the news is all the horror I can handle at the moment. A Very English Scandal sounds like a must-watch though!

    1. Jessie, I understand: The Handmaid’s Tale is very dark. And A Very English Scandal is definitely a must-see, even if it is just to see Hugh Grant in a completely different role!

    1. You’re very welcome Lynn 😀 A Very English Scandal is great and even if it wasn’t, it is worth a view just to see Hugh Grant in a completely different role!

  2. As usual I’ve watched none of them! I really meant to watch A Very English Scandal though (being old enough, tragically, to remember it when it was actually happening). Must see if it’s still on the iPlayer…

  3. I do enjoy finding out what you have watched over the month. Tonight we are watching You Only Live Twice, adapted from the James Bond novel of the same title by Ian Fleming. Also in June I watched Murder On the Orient Express and though I am not an Agatha Christie fan, I thought the movie was quite good. Apparently it is the second adaptation made of that mystery novel. I also watched Annihilation and liked it very much.

    1. Thank you Judy 🙂 I am glad to hear you enjoyed your two watched and I hope you will enjoy You Only Live Twice – I have pretty much watched all the James Bond films, but I have not been tempted to read the books.

  4. All your viewing sounds good. I haven’t been to the cinema in ages, and my reviews tend to be more thorough when I rent, so I’ll wait for Solo and everything else to come out on rental. I watched a few movies this month, some adaptations like Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Peter Rabbit, Every Day, and the video game adaptation Tomb Raider, plus Hostiles and Unsane (both non-adaptations). Hostiles and Every Day were mediocre; I won’t be reviewing them. I didn’t like Unsane, and I can only say that about very few movies. The only good thing about it was Clare Foy as its protagonist.

    I haven’t watched a TV series in ages. Next week there will be an HBO mini-marathon so I may watch Westworld (Season 2) since I LOVED Season 1. I re-watched Season 1 of Poldark (not that long ago) to move on to Season 2 with the plot fresh in mind, but I ended up not watching Season 2 after all, so I guess I’ll have to start over when I decide to do so. I have watched twice the first episode of the limited series To the Ends of the Earth, an adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but neither have finished that one.

    1. Wow Carmen you have watched loads! I loved Peter Rabbit and I would really like to see the new Tomb Raider. Sorry you didn’t particularly enjoy three of your watches though. I hope you enjoy series 2 of Westworld and series 2 of Poldark, when you get round to seeing them. Although I warn you, I found the second series of Westworld far too baffling to love it as much as the first.

        1. They have been accused of plagiarizing Season 2. Too bad, because if it is true it may doom the series. Season 1 was awesome; I just hope I like the second just as much. If by baffling you mean that it gets weirder and confusing, that makes me nervous. 😮 I think I can handle “weird”, but “confusing” means that I’ll need other people to discuss it with. I hope you’re up to it when the time comes, as we did with Star Wars and Blade Runner. 😀

          1. Carmen, I haven’t heard anything about plagiarism, but I’m afraid to say that ”weirder and confusing’ is exactly what I meant when I said ‘bonkers and baffling’… Sorry! There is just so much time-shifting and different threads running at once – you will definitely need your thinking cap on! However I still recommend watching it because there are some brilliant moments in there too.

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