My Top 10 Adaptations 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, I continue my reflection back on another great year, with a round-up post of my favourite new-to-me adaptations. After a long, hard think here are my top ten adaptations (ordered alphabetically) I have watched this year:

~ 1 ~

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

A new British three-part drama, based on John Preston’s book, which dramatizes the 1970’s political scandal of Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), leader of the Liberal Democrats, being tried for 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 it all for a very funny yet chilling watch!

~ 2 ~

Endeavour (Series 5)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

This year saw ITV air the fifth series of nostalgic ITV crime drama, based on Colin Dexter’s characters and prequel to the Inspector Morse series. It is 1968 and young detective sergeant Endeavour Morse is investigating several new bloody investigations, as Cowley police station faces closure and race/gang tensions rise in Oxford. Another gloriously atmospheric and nostalgic series.

~ 3 ~

The City and the City (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A gripping, BBC four-part science-fiction/crime noir drama, based on China Miéville’s novel. Set in the fictional twin cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma, we follow Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrissey) as he investigates the murder of a young woman, who may have illegally ‘breached’ from one city into the other. You need your thinking-cap on for this one, but it is worth it.

~ 4 ~

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (2013)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

I was thrilled to finally see the final episode of ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, starring the brilliant David Suchet as our favourite, little Belgian detective. Poirot and his old friend Hastings return to Styles Court, the site of his first ever murder, to solve what will be his final poignant case. An excellent cast, a twisting mystery, high-stakes, raw emotion and an ending I never saw coming!

~ 5 ~

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Read     Film     Cinema

In this, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), inspired by J K Rowling’s fictional textbook, we re-join Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his case of magical creatures in Paris, France; as he tries to trace the Obscurial, Creedence Barebone, before the dark wizard Grindelwald. Another wonderful, fantasy romp with a more adult edge. I didn’t love it as much as the first, but I still had a big grin on my face.

~ 6 ~

Killing Eve (2018)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

New BBC drama, based on Luke Jennings’ thriller novella series, introduces us 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 had me gripped, scared and laughing in equal measure, as these two strong women become dangerously obsessed with each other.

~ 7 ~

Mr. Holmes (2015)
Not Read     Film     Television

I was thrilled to finally watch this alternative Holmes mystery, based on Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel. 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.

~ 8 ~

North and South (2004)
Read     TV Series     Television

I was thrilled to finally watch this much-talked-about adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel, which sees the lovely Daniela Denby-Ashe and the dashing Richard Armitage beautifully portraying young Southerner, Margaret and Northern industrialist, Mr Thornton, and their uneasy, growing attraction. The costumes, setting and supporting cast were also excellent.

~ 9 ~

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of the Four (2018)
Read     Play     Theatre

I was very lucky to see Blackeyed Theatre’s excellent stage adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novella. Which cleverly transported me back to smoggy Victorian London and warm, exotic India for a gripping mystery with the famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr Watson. All of which was performed with drama, finesse and humour.

~ 10 ~

Shetland (Series 4)
Not Read     TV Series    Television

The fourth series of this atmospheric BBC crime drama, based on Ann Cleeve’s characters. A cold case of a murdered teenager is re-opened when the chief suspect returns to the island… only for another young woman to be murdered. Thus Jimmy Perez and his team are drawn into another gripping, dark and twisting case, all set against the beautiful, rugged, isolated backdrop of Shetland.


Honorary mentions must also go to: the pantomime, Cinderella (2018), BBC crime dramas, Ordeal by Innocence (2018) and And Then There Were None (2015), and the Marvel film Deadpool 2 (2018).

Did you watch any of these? What were your favourite adaptations you watched in 2018?

Yesterday, I started my reflection back on the year with My Top 10 Books of 2018 post. On New Year’s day, I will complete my reflection with some statistics and an overall round-up of my reading.

8 thoughts on “My Top 10 Adaptations 2018

    1. Lynn, I hope you are able to check the BBC’s adaptation of The City and the City. I thought it was excellent but I haven’t read the book so don’t know how they compare.

  1. I saw that North and South is available on Netflix and put it on my wishlist. I would like to watch Shetland and A Very English Scandal, the latter of which I have been unable to find. This year I have watched just four TV series: Outlander (Season 3), Death Comes to Pemberley (miniseries), The Pillars of the Earth (miniseries), and Howards End (miniseries). I’ll be posting about the first two in the first half of January.
    Movie-wise, I saw many adaptations, some of them very good, but I won’t be publishing a “best of” list of movies this year; I haven’t seen enough movies nor all the ones I want to watch before my list is complete, thus my decision to not post one. I wasn’t a fan of Deadpool 2, btw, not as funny or cheeky as the first.

    1. Carmen, I really hope you are able to watch North and South (2004), Shetland and A Very English Scandal (2018). I loved Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), in fact it made it onto my top 10 list in 2014. Also I have watched The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and Howards End (2017) miniseries – both of which had the brilliant Matthew MacFadyen and Hayley Atwell in. And I didn’t think Deadpool 2 (2018) was as good as the first film either, hence why it didn’t make it into my top 10, but I thought it was worth an honorary mention as it was still funny.

    1. Nikki, I am the complete opposite to you: I have watched all of the TV series but not read any of the books. I would really like to give the books a go though. Maybe when the series comes to an end.

  2. I actually just finished the Gaskell novel North and South and literally bought the BBC miniseries an hour ago! It’ll be arriving soon, and I can’t wait to watch it! Glad to hear it’s gotten good marks from a fellow bookworm! 👍

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