Adaptations: August 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here is what I watched in August:

Poldark (Series 4)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

This gorgeous BBC period drama, based on the books by Winston Graham, is now something I annually look forward to returning each summer. We re-join Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) as he reluctantly runs for Parliament, while he, his family and his enemies are rocked by death and scandal. All of which was again brought to life by a strong ensemble cast, with stunning Cornish scenery and beautiful costumes. Good watch.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Series 2)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

One of the most-talked about new shows of 2017, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian modern classic, returned at the beginning of summer this year. In which, in the dark near future, we carry on following Offred (Elizabeth Moss) as she continues to quietly defy the brutal totalitarian regime in power, but now she has an expectant child to think about. A powerful, gripping and disturbing drama, which is brought to life scarily realistically! Good watch.

Swallows and Amazons (2016)
Not Read     Film     Television

I was delighted to discover one Sunday this British family adventure, based on Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, being shown on BBC1. My dad, granddad and I settled down after our lunch to watch the four Walker children on their summer holiday in the Lake District. Where they learn to sail, camp out, fight ‘pirates’ and scupper the plans of Nazi spies! An utterly charming little film with a great British ensemble cast, that was perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Good watch.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Finally this summer also saw the BBC airing a new, six-part, Australian period drama, based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which stars Natalie Dormer as Mrs Applegate, an enigmatic and formidable headmistress. When, on the college’s Valentine’s Day picnic to Hanging Rock, three students and their teacher mysteriously vanish! A gripping and surreal drama ensures, as in the fall-out of this tragedy theories abound, secrets are exposed and hysteria sets in… Good watch.

Altogether that is four new-to-me adaptations and I have also enjoyed re-watches of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) on ITV2 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) on ITV1. Which brings my total up to six adaptations watched over the month.

As for non-adaptations, I became completely hooked on another cracking Welsh-noir, crime drama Hidden (2018) from BBC Cymru and I finished off the sumptuous Franco-Canadian period drama Versailles (Series 3). I also enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), in which Tom Cruise was at his crazy best again!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?


15 thoughts on “Adaptations: August 2018

  1. The Swallows and Amazons adaptation sounds wonderful. I can’t imagine having my dad and grandad with me! The adaptations I saw in August were a movie: Ready Player One from the book by Ernest Cline and I finished the Netflix Series Atypical just in time for Season 2.

  2. Picnic at Hanging Rock sounds really good.

    I’ve seen a little of Versailles and the LOTR series. I watched West Is West over the weekend, thanks to iplayer, which was quite good, just not an adaptation.

  3. I think I’ve watched the grand total of nothing this month! As always, you make me want to watch most of these, especially Picnic at Hanging Rock. I need a clone – the real me to read and my clone to watch stuff! 😉

  4. I’ve not seen any of these but I think I would probably like all of them. I did see a film about Hanging Rock some years ago and really enjoyed it. I wasn’t aware of the series so I will check it out.
    Lynn 😀

  5. You have watched great stuff! 🙂 My Poldark watching has fallen by the wayside; I have to start over.

    I watched the BBC miniseries adaptation of Howards End–per your recommendation; Death Comes to Pemberley, and a PBS miniseries (not an adaptation) titled The Great Fire, about the Great London fire of 1666. I also watched The Disaster Artist last night, together with The Greatest Showman, which I’ll be reviewing soon.

    1. Ooo Carmen looks like you’ve been a busy bee in your viewing too. As you know I enjoyed Howards End, but I also loved Death Comes to Pemberley and I thought The Greatest Showman was great fun. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them and I hope you are able to start over with Poldark.

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