Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Recent TV Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

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As I am currently gripped by the eighth and final series of the brilliant Game of Thrones, I thought I would share with you ten other great, recent TV shows based on books.

  1. Sherlock (2010 – ) – An amazing, modern twist on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries. From the brilliant minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and starring the equally brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson.
  2. Endeavour (2012 – ) – Long-running, nostalgic ITV crime drama, based on Colin Dexter’s characters and prequel to the Inspector Morse series, which follows the young Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse in the 1960’s.
  3. Killing Eve (2018 – ) – A thrilling, cat-and-mouse drama, based on Luke Jennings’ thriller series, as a low-wrung MI5 officer, Eve Polastri chases down the deadly female assassin, Villanelle. This had me gripped, scared and laughing in equal measure!
  4. Shetland (2013 – ) – Long-running, atmospheric BBC crime drama, based on Ann Cleeve’s characters, that follows Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team as they solve gripping, dark and twisting cases, all set against the beautiful, rugged, isolated islands of Shetland.
  5. Inspector George Gently (2007-2017) – A much-loved, nostalgic crime drama, inspired by Alan Hunter’s novels, that follows incorruptible Inspector George Gently and his sergeant, John Bacchus as they solve crime and tackle corruption in Northern England in the 1960’s.
  6. The Last Kingdom (2015 – ) – An epic, gritty historical drama, based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon novels, that follows Uhtred (son of a Saxon nobleman, raised by a Viking lord) as he tries to protect his family and win back his title and lands, during a bloody time in British history.
  7. The City and the City (2018) – Gripping, four-part science-fiction/crime noir drama, based on China Miéville’s novel. Set in the fictional twin cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma, Inspector Tyador Borlú as he investigates the murder of a young woman. Thinking-cap required, but it is worth it.
  8. A Very English Scandal (2018) – A British three-part drama, based on John Preston’s book, about the 1970’s political scandal of Liberal Democrats leader, Jeremy Thorpe’s trial for conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott A very funny, yet chilling watch!
  9. The Miniaturist (2017) – A sumptuous two-part, period drama, based on Jessie Burton’s bestselling debut novel, which takes us back to 1680’s Amsterdam, where me meet young Nella Oortman, her doll’s house and the web of dangers she finds herself within.
  10. Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling & The Silkworm (2017) – Crime drama, based on the novels of Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling, following detective Cormoran Strike and his capable, new assistant Robin; as they tackle two dark, complex mysteries: first, the apparent suicide of a young model and second, the disappearance of a controversial writer.

Have you watched any of my choices? What recent TV adaptations would you recommend? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Recent TV Adaptations

    1. Hello Mir, thank you for stopping by, commenting and sharing your TTT post! 😀 Great to hear you love Sherlock too and that you liked the rest of my list too!

  1. I love the Sherlock show! It’s probably my favorite adaptation, probably because Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are just so freaking great. xD I haven’t heard about any of these other ones, but I’ll have to check them out. I didn’t know Robert Galbraith (aka JKR) had any shows based on his/her books. Wow, now I’m confused. Pseudonyms are confusing lol.

    Here’s my TTT post.

    1. Hello Sammie, thank you for stopping by, commenting and sharing your TTT post! 😀 As for J. K. Rowling, three of her (Robert Galbraith) Strike novels have been adapted to television and her stand alone novel Casual Vacancy was also adapted to the TV too – All originally shown on the BBC.

  2. I REALLY want to see The City and the City. I’ve started watching the first episode, and I love the way it feels. I’m so glad you recommended it on this list! I’m planning on writing a blog post on it when I finish watching it…it seems deeply symbolic!

  3. Some good choices here. I’m a fan of the Gently series too though never knew it was based on a book series. Only problem with the adaptation is that my husband is constantly pointing out the inaccuracies in their choice of music (wrong songs for the particular period apparently)

    1. Karen, I haven’t read the books and I wasn’t aware it was based on books when I initially started watching it. I can’t say I spotted any inaccuracies in the music, but then I wasn’t around in the 60’s to be fair!

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