Adaptations: October 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I watched in October:

Killing Eve (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Last month, I became hooked on this new BBC drama, based on Luke Jennings’ thriller novella series: Codename Villanelle. We are introduced to Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a low-wrung officer for MI5, who gets the chance to hunt down the deadly female assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer). This show had me gripped, scared and laughing in equal measure, as Oh and Comer portrayed brilliantly these two strong women become dangerously obsessed with each other. Great watch.

Mr. Holmes (2015)
Not Read     Film     Television

Having missed this when it was initially aired, I was thrilled to be able to catch this new Sherlock Holmes mystery film, based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, on the BBC iPlayer. In 1947, the long-retired Holmes (Ian McKellan), aged 93, is desperately struggling to recall the details of his final case, as his mind slowly deteriorates. There are no huge thrills in this film, instead what you get is an emotionally charged, well-wrought and superbly acted drama. Great watch.

Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Not Read     Film     Television

I caught this real-life, disaster film, based on the Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours article by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul, when it made its terrestrial premiere on Channel 4. A star-studded cast, including: Mark Wahlbeg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich, bring vividly to life the terrible night a giant explosion rocks the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and triggers a deadly fire and massive offshore oil spillage. Good read.

That is three new-to-me adaptations and I have also enjoyed a re-watch of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) on ITV1. Which brings my total up to four adaptations watched over the month. I also continued watching Sky’s new drama, A Discovery of Witches (2018), based on Deborah Harkness’ popular All Souls trilogy.

As for non-adaptations, I became hooked and watched the whole box set of Sky Atlantic’s glamorous drama, Riviera (2017), starring Julia Stiles. And my Saturday evening viewing is pretty much fixed now for the rest of the year, with the BBC’s new series of Strictly Come Dancing!

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


16 thoughts on “Adaptations: October 2018

  1. Oops, I meant to comment about Killing Eve, which I’ve heard great things about. Sandra Oh was nominated to an Emmy for this series, so maybe I’ll track it down and watch it while it is still relatively new. I saw Blackwater Horizon back in 2016 but I wasn’t that impressed; I thought the technical jargon took away from understanding the gist of why it happened. As an action/adventure movie is good. The LOTR trilogy, or any one separate is always a great watch. Maybe I’ll rewatch one of these days. Those movies are sooo looong! 😉

    1. Yes Carmen, Sandra Oh was nominated and justly so for the amazing Killing Eve. I highly recommend you watch it. But I am sorry to hear the technical jargon put you off Deepwater Horizon.

  2. I screened seven movies for the R.I.P. XIII Challenge, but then I slacked. I’m in the midst of Outlander (Season 3), a repeat, because I first watched it last December. Back then I wrote a paragraph as review with the intention to come back to it but didn’t. Season 4 starts tonight.

  3. I have seen Deepwater Horizon. It was great! The only adaptation I saw was The Lost City of Z made from a novel of the same title. It was OK but not great. I am thinking about watching the series made from The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, on Netflix. I have read the book, though it was not my favorite Shirley Jackson novel.

    1. Judy, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed Deepwater Horizon too, but sorry to hear your didn’t love The Lost City of Z, as I was very tempted to watch that. I have also been hearing about this new adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. I don’t have Netflix so I am unable to watch it, however from what I’ve heard it might be a bit too scary for me! 😀

  4. “Killing Eve” looks so intriguing. I’ve seen it at the bookstore where I love to linger in the British TV aisles. I’ve picked it up a few times…glad to hear you liked it! I think I’m going to have to check it out! I also want to see BBC North and South with Richrd Armitage. It looks fantastic! Thanks for a good read…
    With joy,
    Emily 😄

    1. Thank you Emily – I am so pleased you enjoyed this post so much 🙂 I really hope you are able to check Killing Eve soon and I highly recommend the BBC’s fantastic North and South mini-series. 😀

  5. Besides the LoTR, I’m not familiar with any of these! They sound so interesting. I only watched a cheesy Hallmark movie on Youtube and some of the Christy series which my girls were watching. LOL. 😉 I’m pretty lame when it comes to shows.

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