The Baby-Sitters Club was a popular book series in the 1980s and 90s, following the adventures of a group of young women as they navigate through their teenage years.
Written by Ann M. Martin, the books hold a special place in the hearts of many millennials, and just like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a televisual adaptation of such a beloved set of characters is high risk/reward for Netflix. It will either be fantastic (like Sabrina) or utterly terrible (like Death Note).
The original author is on board as producer so fans of the original books should feel comforted to know the characters of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn should remain true to their book counterparts, although there is no word on casting as of yet.
Netflix are offering us a 10-episode reboot of the now-classic tween series. Vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix, Melissa Cobb, said in a statement:
“The themes of The Baby-Sitters Club still resonate 30 years after the original book series was released, and there has never been a more opportune time to tell an aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs.”
Author Ann M. Martin told press:
“I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honoured to continue to hear from readers — now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers — who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends. So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
Watch out for any news on when the new series is released!
The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.
The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!
The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.
The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.
Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.