Adaptations: July 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, I’m sorry this comes rather late to you, but July was a very month for me with work and my holidays. So belatedly here is what I managed to watch, when I was home, last month:

Gentleman Jack (2019)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Once the school holidays started, I indulged in a binge watch of this new, historical drama, based on the collected diaries of Anne Lister, on the BBC iPlayer. Set in 1832, the series follows the unusual lady landowner and industrialist, Anne Lister, as she tries to restore her late uncle’s estate, finds herself falling for her pretty neighbour, Miss Walker and fights prejudice from all quarters for it. A quirky, fun and refreshing show and the brilliant Suranne Jones absolutely shines as Anne. Great watch.


Altogether that’s one new-to-me adaptation watched. I also enjoyed re-watching Jurassic Park (1993) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), which brings my grand total up to three adaptations watched over the month. As well as those I still have the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time (Series 1) to complete; I’ve continued watching the newest series of the dark, dystopian drama, The Handmaid’s Tale (Series 3); and I’ve started watching the final series of BBC’s sweeping historical drama, Poldark (Series 5).

As for non-adaptations, I watched Russel T. Davies’ bonkers, futuristic drama, Years and Years (2019), which imagines some pretty-scary political and technological advances for the UK in the near-future. I also whizzed through the fascinating second series of Professor Alice Robert’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns (Series 2), where we visited, amongst others, Georgian Bristol, Civil War Oxford and Plantagenet Canterbury.

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

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17 thoughts on “Adaptations: July 2019

  1. I was soooo looking forward to this post, but I’ve been away from the computer for a few days and missed it. Anyways, I have Gentleman Jack on my watchlist and saw Years and Years, which I liked a great deal–it makes you think, doesn’t it? On my end, I’m on a roll reading-wise as well as TV watching-wise; movies too. 😛
    I watched Sweetbitter (Season 1), Killing Eve (Seasons 1 & 2), Years and Years, and The Tudors (Season 2). The first four were amazing (4 or 5 stars). The Tudors was meh, but if you remember, I already expected that would be the case. I also watched 12 movies, most from 2018. From this year I watched Dumbo, Captain Marvel, and Gloria Bell. Also from MCU, I watched Venom (2018), and re-watched Spiderman: Homecoming (2017). Last, but not least, I watched Fantastic Beasts 2, which I though was so good that I want to watch it again. Anyways, I hope I didn’t bore you. That’s it on my end. 🙂

    1. BTW, have you heard of a miniseries called The Rook? It started after The Spanish Princess. British actors, with the story based in London, so it must be British. It’s an adaptation. A paranormal mystery of sorts. I think you would like it. I’ve been watching it religiously for more than a month, and today is the final episode.

      1. Aw bless you, Carmen – I am so pleased you look forward to these posts! 🙂 Sounds like you have done even more great watching again in the last month. Years and Years really did get you thinking! Also pleased you thought Killing Eve was great – I still have series 2 to watch. As for films, I am rather Disney-remakes and Marvelled out if I am honest, so I haven’t seen any of those. However I did love Fantastic Beasts 2! 😀 But no I have not heard of The Rook. I have just googled it and it says it is an American series based on a Stephanie Meyer novel, which was shown here in the UK on the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel (a very niche channel so probably why I have never heard of the show). I can’t get Virgin TV: 1) its too expensive and 2) they didn’t put their cables down on our estate.

        1. Season 2 of Killing Eve was better than the first, and more demented. 🙂 I’ll never get Marveled out enough 😛 , though, as I mentioned, I haven’t watched some of the latest movies (i.e., Ant Man 2, Black Panther, the last two Avenger movies, and the latest Spiderman). Venom was meh, and I gave Captain Marvel a 3.5 stars (a second watch may improve the rating, or not). The Rook is based on Australian author Daniel O’Malley’s debut novel; you are right in that the screenplay apparently was being adapted by Stephanie Mayer before she left the project due to creative differences with the production team. Too bad about that channel. If you find it somewhere, by all means give it a chance; I think you might like it.

          1. Oh, one more thing… 🙂 I also bought the miniseries Les Mis that you recommended. I’ll be watching it next month, if not sooner. Now, I swear no more comments. 😛

            1. Well Carmen, it is good I don’t impose a comment limit 😛 It is great to hear that Killing Eve (Series 2) is even better – seriously looking forward to watching it! As for Marvel, I used to think I couldn’t get Marvelled out too, but the only ones I have seen that you mention are the last two Avengers films. I am sick of Spiderman now we are on our third actor and version of it and I have no interest in watching Captain Marvel either. I might watch Ant Man 2 and Venom when they come on the television. Also pleased you’ve gone for another of my recommendations – I’d say enjoy the Les Mis series but I’m not sure that is the right word for such a sad, powerful tale. 🙂

    1. I am exactly the same Lynn! In fact, that is exactly what happened this time: I turned on the telly and it was just started so I ended up watching it all… didn’t even plan to! 😀

  2. My husband has to go on a long business trip so while he is gone I am going to watch all the Harry Potter movies, now that I have finally finished reading the series. I think I have only seen the first one or two of the movies. I am excited!

  3. I watched CB: Strike series recently, and it wasn’t bad. I liked how they had removed all the unnecessary fluff from the books.

    1. Oh Cormoran Strike? Haha I had to look up what CB: Strike was! I hadn’t heard it called that before and I haven’t read the books. However I really liked the show, especially the Career of Evil and Silkworm episodes – I was a little disappointed by The Cuckoo’s Calling, because I figured out who it was early on.

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