Books on TV is back! It has been awhile since I’ve written one of these posts, so I felt that it was time for another installment. This post will focus on British TV shows that are based off of books. Take a look at the list below and check out the shows and/or books with your FRVPLD library card today!
Sherlock: A fantastic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. This version follows the beloved duo of Holmes and Watson in a present day setting. The show does an excellent job of incorporating modern technologies and issues while keeping the characters and stories true to the books even though they took place in the late 1800s.
Agatha Christie’s Marple: An elderly spinster hears about mysterious murders and helps solve them. She often hears about these murders when she goes to visit friends and family in other villages. This show is based off of the Miss Marple novels by Agatha Christie.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: A highly intelligent Belgian private detective, Hercule Poirot, and his sidekick, Captain Arthur Hastings, are tasked with solving intricate mysteries. The show is based off of the Hercule Poirot novels by Agatha Christie. Every major literary work by Christie that featured Hercule Poirot has been adapted in this show.
Midsomer Murders: A chief inspector and his young sergeant investigate murders in the fictional English county of Midsomer. This show is based off of the Chief Inspector Barnaby series by Caroline Graham. The show follows the same character from the books, Tom Barnaby, from 1997 to 2011 but from 2011 onwards it follows John Barnaby (a new character), the younger cousin of Tom.
Wallander: This series is about Kurt Wallander, a detective and police inspector in Ystad, Sweden. He and his team work together to solve murders. This show is based on the Kurt Wallander novels by Henning Mankell.
Forsyte Saga: Follows three generations of the Forsyte’s, an upper-middle class English family. These generations span from the 1870s to 1920. This show is based on the Forsyte Saga novels by John Galsworthy.