Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favourite TV Shows

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

In honor of Fall TV, do a TV-themed topic!

It is so true that autumn, with its cooler weather and darker nights, often brings with it an abundance of good television shows for us to snuggle down to watch. For this week’s TV topic I have decided to share with you ten of my favourite TV shows. It was sooo hard to dwindle it down to just 10 but here goes (ordered alphabetically):

~ 1 ~

Band of Brothers (2001)

A stunning, dramatised account of “Easy Company” who are part of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division during World War II. It is based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1993 book and it was produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks. I just love the camaraderie between the characters and they are brought to life by a great cast, including: Damien Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg and many now big names in smaller roles; see if you can spot them!

~ 2 ~

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

Epic reboot of the 1970s science-fiction series where we see the remnants of the human race fighting off their own deadly creations; the Cylons. I always tell people you don’t need to love sci-fi to enjoy this show – it is like the best, grittiest, human drama you can think of but which also happens to be set it in space with evil robots. What’s not to love?!

~ 3 ~

Blackadder (1983-1989)

A hilarious comedy romp which takes us from Medieval, to Elizabethan and Regency England and finally to the front of WWI. Written by the geniuses Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson and each series also starred Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Baldrick. A hysterical series with a lot of home truths and a poignant end.

~ 4 ~

Being Human (2008-2013)

A quirky, British supernatural drama which saw a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost house sharing in Bristol. Starring, the then, new faces of Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow. I thought this was such a cool show! There was an American version made but I won’t be watching it as I don’t think you could ever match let alone beat the original.

~ 5 ~

Doctor Who (2005-Present)

Does it really need any introduction? The longest running British science-fiction show, that sees the ‘Doctor’ and his companion flying through time and space in a blue police box. I can’t speak for the earlier series but I have loved and religiously watched this show since it was rebooted in 2005. We’ve had 4 ‘Doctors’ since then of which I think David Tennant is my favourite.

~ 6 ~

Dad’s Army (1968-1977)

A classic comedy which follows the exploits of the bumbling, Walmington-On-Sea platoon of the Home Guard during WWII. A funny and touching account of those who were too old or young to fight but still wanted to do their bit.

~ 7 ~

Emma (2009)

A sumptuous BBC period drama, based on Jane Austen classic novel, starring Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller and Michael Gambon. A touching and witty tale of a rich, young lady’s misadventures in rural community in Regency England. A beautiful and comforting watch which I will never tire of.

~ 8 ~

Game of Thrones (2007-Present)

A lavish, epic-fantasy drama based on George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. A gripping, twisting and rollercoaster ride of an adventure – full of war, intrigue, family, politics, death, faith, love, lust, lies and dragons! (I previously did a TTT post of why I love this series so much!)

~ 9 ~

Lewis (2006-2015)

An atmospheric crime drama set among the soaring spires and universities of Oxford; a spin-off from the Inspector Morse series. While there are many ingenious murders to solve, what I love most is the funny and touching relationship between Detective Inspector ‘Robbie’ Lewis and his sergeant James Hathaway. When ITV3 re-show this I can’t help turning it on.

~ 10 ~

Merlin (2008-2012)

A BBC fantasy drama, loosely based on the Arthurian legends, about a young wizard Merlin and his friendship with Arthur, the prince and future king of Camelot. Thrilling and fun adventures abound however what really makes this show is the hilarious chemistry between Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Arthur (Bradley James).

~ 10 + 1 ~

Strictly Come Dancing (2004-Present)

Okay, okay yes this technically cheating but how can I not mention this sparkling dance competition, as it has just introduced its new batch of brave celebrities for the 14th series! So top up your tan, grab your dancing shoes, throw on some sequins and keeeeep dancing!

Watched any of these? What are some of your favourite TV shows? Also, link in the comments if you have also taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic.

Adaptations: August 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed, over the month of August, on the big and small screen:

Penny Dreadful (Series 3)
Read     TV Series     Television

The 3rd, final and best season of this lavish, gothic horror series! That brings alive the classic, horror characters of Dr Frankenstein and his monster, Renfield, Dr Jekyll, Dorian Gray and Dracula. Who join a host of original characters too, for the final, dark, gory and thrilling showdown on the streets of Victorian London. With a strong ensemble cast, including: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett.

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Vikings (Series 3)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

Epic, historical drama inspired by the legendary Norse sagas of Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. After successful raids in the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia in Britain, Ragnar sets his sights on a new prize…Paris! Another gripping watch full of battles, politics, family, lust, lies and faith, with a strong ensemble cast. I can’t wait for more!

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The Martian (2015)
Read     Film     Television

Science-fiction drama, based on David Weir’s popular 2011 novel, that chronicles the heart-racing, against-the-clock race to rescue astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Mars. A visually stunning film with a stellar ensemble cast, which made me gasp and laugh in equal measure!

***


Suicide Squad (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

A new, action-packed superhero film, featuring DC Comics antihero characters: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo and Enchantress. I had heard many negatives feelings about this film however I am so glad I still gave it a go, because I thought it was a fun spin on a superhero film with a really cool soundtrack.

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The Musketeers (Series 3)
Read     TV Series     Television

I have been looking forward to the return of this swashbuckling adventure series from the BBC , which colourfully brings alive Alexandre Dumas’ classic characters: d’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos. A fun watch with great camaraderie, beautiful costumes and a good ensemble cast.

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That’s 5 adaptations watched in August. Not my highest month but it has got to be some of the best quality television I have got to watch in a row for ages! While I still have plenty more to look forward to as, on my Sky+ box, I still have Wayward Pines (Series 2), Black Sails (Series 2) and brand new series Outcast and The Secret Agent to watch.

As for non-adaptations, I have been to the cinema to see the visually stunning Star Trek Beyond (2016)**. While on my television from Sky Box Sets I downloaded: the Manson-inspired crime series Aquarius (Series 1)*** which stars David Duchovny and from Sky Cinema I downloaded: the gothic film Crimson Peak (2015)** from director Guillermo del Toro; terrifying!

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

Adaptations: June – July 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so on the small screen:

The Frankenstein Theory (2013)
Read     Film     Television

A ‘found footage’ horror film that follows Professor Jonathan Venkenheim and a film crew as they journey to the Arctic Circle in order to prove that Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, was based on fact. This film didn’t have a very good rating on Sky however I thought it was very amusing, creepy, and thankfully not too gruesome.

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Game of Thrones (Series 6)
Not Read (yet!)     TV Series     Television

The lavish 6th series of this epic fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Another gripping and twisting adventure full of war, intrigue, family, politics, death, faith, love, lust, lies and dragons! Phew, this was one rollercoaster of a ride and, I think, the best season so far! I plan to catch up on the books in the looong wait for the next series.

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Everest (2015)
Not Read     Film     Television

Dramatic action film that follows the survival attempts of two expedition groups during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which is recalled in the survivor Beck Weathers’ memoir Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest . A visually stunning and heart breaking film with a strong ensemble cast.

***


Love, Nina (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

British, comedy drama adapted by Nick Hornby from Nina Stibbe’s book, Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life. This is an epistolary tale of the trials and tribulations of eccentric, bare-footed nanny, Nina when she moves from Leicester to Primrose Hill, London. A wacky and colourful adventure which made me smile.

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I also enjoyed a re-watch of The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), which both star the wonderful Tom Hanks. I haven’t watched either in years and it felt high time to do so as: I recently read The Da Vinci Code, for the first time, and I am looking forward to the release of another of Dan Brown’s Langdon books, Inferno, later this year. Which means I have watched another 6 adaptations.

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

Adaptations: May – June 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers here are the adaptations I’ve enjoyed over the last month or so on the big and small screen:

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

The 9th action-packed superhero adventure, based on the X-Men characters from Marvel Comics created by writer Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The X-Men re-unite after the resurrection of an ancient mutant, En Sabah Nur, who is intent on destroying the world. An exciting, fast-paced film with amazing special effects and a strong ensemble cast. I warn you this another long one!

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The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Read     Film     Television

If you can believe it, this was 1 of 2 films released in 2014 about the legendary hero from Ancient Greek mythology. Hercules must rise to challenge the tyrant King Galenus, avenge his mother and rescue his love. This didn’t receive positive reviews, for me it was an action-packed Hercules meets Gladiator adventure – fun but not as good as previous Ancient Greek epics.

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11.22.63 (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A new science fiction drama based on Stephen King’s 2011 novel. Jake (James Franco), a divorced English teacher, travels back in time with the almost impossible mission to stop JFK’s assassination. A gripping race-against-time thriller with a wonderfully nostalgic setting – I loved the clothes, music and mood of the 1960s USA.

***


Warcraft (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

New fantasy adventure based on the highly successful video games and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The orcs’ world is dying and in their search for a new one they are brought into conflict with a new race, humans.  A visually stunning film on an epic scale – you need to be switched on when watching this as a lot is squeezed in.

**


Cranford (2007)
Read     TV Series     Television

The BBC’s well-loved costume drama based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novellas. Cranford is a small, quiet, rural town in Victorian England which is to be shook up by plans for a railway. A simple and charming series with a wonderful ensemble cast that was a really comforting watch for me.

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I also enjoyed a delightful re-watch of The Railway Children (1970) which makes 6 mores adaptations watched. Sadly I still haven’t been able to see the new live-action film of The Jungle Book (2016) and I look forward to seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). I am still watching the amazing 6th series of Game of Thrones and  I can’t believe it is almost finished already!

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

Challenge: Book to Movie 2016 (Wrap-Up)

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I’m sorry that The Book to Movie Challenge in 2016 – created and hosted by the lovely C.J. of ebookclassics – has come to an early end. I had a lot of fun linking in my adaptation posts, joining discussions and taking part in competitions. And while the challenge is coming to an early end, I have still watched a great amount:

~ January ~

Tangled (2010) **
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) ***
From Russia with Love (1963) **
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) ***
Sleepy Hollow (Series 3 – Part 1) *
Endeavour (Series 3) ***
The Help (2011) ***

~ February ~

Seventh Son (2014) *
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) ***
Dickensian (2016) **
War and Peace (2016) **
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) **

~ March ~

Shetland (Series 3) ***
Cinderella (2015) ***
The Revenant (2016) ***
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) **
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (2016) *
Batman v Superman (2016) ***

~ April ~

The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015) ***
Little Women (1949) **
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016) **
The Night Manager (2016) ***

~ May ~

Captain America: Civil War (2016) ***
Ant-Man (2015) **
Graeme of Thrones (12.05.2016) ***
Big Hero 6 (2014) **
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) ***
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) ***
The Legend of Hercules (2014) *

That is a fabulous 29 adaptations! I was also thrilled to be awarded a prize by C.J. for my participation in the challenge; I chose an Amazon UK voucher so look out for my up-coming new e-books. And never fear this is not the complete end of The Book to Movie challenge, it should be back next year in a new format which I look forward too.

What adaptations have you watched this year? Have you watched any of these on my list?

Adaptations: April – May 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

The Night Manager (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A gripping, gritty espionage drama from the BBC based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel. Jonathan Pine, the night manager, is drawn into the glamorous, dark and deadly world of his arms dealing guests. A strong production with amazing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Coleman. Once I started watching, I pretty much watched the whole series in a row!

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

An action-packed superhero adventure based on Marvel characters created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The UN wish to curb the freedom of the Avengers, a decision which will tear the group apart with Ironman and Captain America leading the opposing fractions. A fun superhero romp full of spectacular effects and epic fights. I warn you though its very long!

***


 Ant-Man (2015)
Not Read     Film     Apple TV

Another action-packed superhero adventure based on Marvel characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. A well-meaning thief, Scott Lang, is enlisted to help a scientist protect his shrinking suit technology from falling into the wrong hands. Great special effects and fights and, while not the coolest hero it makes up for it with, a whole lot of laughs.

**


Graeme of Thrones (12.05.2016)
Read     Play     Theatre

A raucous parody play of George R R Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which the performers say is apparently how Game of Thrones should have been done! An absolutely hilarious night out, highly recommended for Martin/Game of Thrones fans.

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Big Hero 6 (2014)
Not Read     Film     Television

Disney’s 54th animated classic and 1st superhero film, based on Marvel characters created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau. In San Fransokyo, 14-year-old robotics genius Hiro and his new robot friend Baymax must stop a masked-villain. A fun and touching family adventure that put a big smile on my face; mainly because of the amazing Baymax.

**


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Not Read     Film     DVD

Dystopian, action sequel to The Maze Runner (2014), based on James Dashner’s young adult book series. Thomas and his friend are out of the maze in the dangerous, damaged real-world but can they really trust anyone? A heart-racing adventure with a darker, horror edge to it than the first film; bring on the next one!

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I also enjoyed a hilarious re-watch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), in preparation for the release of the sequel later this year; which means I have had an epic superhero time and brings my total up to 7 adaptations. I sadly haven’t been able to see the new live-action The Jungle Book (2016) yet but I am currently watching the amazing 6th series of Game of Thrones!

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

Adaptations: April 2016

Adaptations

Hello my fellow bookworms, adaptation lovers and any of those dropping over from the Book to Movie challenge; here are the adaptations I’ve watched recently:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

A gritty, action-packed, superhero bonanza; featuring characters from the DC comics. Gotham’s dark vigilante Batman and Metropolis’ indestructible Superman meet for one almighty clash. Spectacular effects, epic fights, leads into the Justice League and Ben Affleck was much better than I feared. I’ve heard negative reviews but I thought it just worked and for me it was a … Great watch.


 The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015)
Read     TV Series     Television

ITV Encore’s thrilling new series that re-imagines the Frankenstein myth (Mary Shelley) on the streets of 19th century London. The discovery of a mutilated child’s body leads Inspector John Marlott (Sean Bean) into a terrifying case of missing children, body snatching and Galvanism. A gritty and gripping series, with a great ensemble cast, but a shocking and frustrating ending! Great watch.


Little Women (1949)
Read     Film     Television

Classic Hollywood adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s charming novel about the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they grow up during the American Civil War. A sweet, amusing and romantic film with some really lovely casting, although you do have to excuse Beth appearing to be the youngest and Amy being played by an older Elizabeth Taylor. Good watch.


Shakespeare Live! From the RSC (2016)
Read & Not Read     Variety Performance     Television

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the BBC broadcast a live variety performance from the RSC (Stratford). Presenters, Catherine Tate and David Tennant, were joined by a host of actors, singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and famous faces to bring classic scenes from his many works into new life. Good watch.


I also re-watched the amazing Jurassic World (2015) and Spider-Man (2002) (the latter in preparation for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War); which brings my total up to 5 adaptations. This month also sees the release of the new live-action The Jungle Book (2016) and the long-awaited 6th series of Game of Thrones! Both of which I am excited to watch.

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