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BBC to Adapt Helen Fitzgerald’s The Cry for Miniseries

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With Jenna Coleman Starring!

Fans of Helen’s Fitzgerald’s thriller The Cry will be thrilled to hear that the adaptation is in the hands of the BBC who will adapt the novel into a four-part psychological drama later this year.

Today it’s announced that Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) will star, playing Joanna, while Australian actor Ewan Leslie will play her husband Alistair.

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First Look at Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events was well received with Netflix audiences as Neil Patrick Harris takes his turn at bringing Count Olaf to life. Netflix is really becoming the place for quality adaptations and this one doesn’t disappoint.

In March, season two will be coming, as announced by Netflix on New Year’s Day with a brand new teaser trailer giving a first look at the new season. Along with the trailer, a release date, March 31st, so there’s not long to wait now to catch up with Olaf and the children in season two. Read More

10 Big Hollywood Stars Who Were Almost Cast in the Lord of the Rings Films

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The Lord of the Rings films were released from 2001 to 2003 and saw Tolkien’s epic trilogy realised on the big screen. The films were hugely successful with both Tolkien fans and movie buffs alike and the final instalment, The Return of the King, is tied with Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most number of Oscars won by a film. It was nominated for 17 and won 11. Read More

Trainspotting Live Heading Back Out on Tour

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If you’re a fan of Irvine Welsh’s gritty style then you’re probably a fan of Trainspotting. The novel was Welsh’s debut novel and quickly achieved cult status, added to by the global success of the Trainspotting movie.

The novel first introduced us to characters such as Mark Renton, Spud, Simon Williamson, and the ultra-violent Begbie, and if these are characters you just can’t get enough of, then Trainspotting the live show is back out on tour in early 2018. Read More

Ready Player… Two?

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Ernie Cline’s novel Ready Player One is set to hit our screens on the 30th of March 2018.

The story is set in the year 2045, where people leave their troubles behind in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). The movie is brought to us by Steven Spielberg, so unsurprisingly it looks like it’ll be a stunning cinematic ride through a dystopian world.

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New Adaptation of Little Women Coming This Christmas!

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is coming to the BBC this Christmas.

The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.

“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~

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BBC Radio 4 to Air Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Adaptation to Worldwide Audience

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We often bring you news of BBC Radio adaptations of well known books and if you’ve ever had the chance to listen, you’ll know they’re pretty good listening. The problem is that often shows only go out to British listeners, but this Christmas worldwide listeners are in for a treat, as BBC Radio 4 airs a 6-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and anyone can listen! Read More

Film and Television Influence Amazon’s Most Read Fiction of 2017

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According to Amazon the list of 2017’s most popular books includes some old favourites, however it is (perhaps unsurprisingly to many readers) heavily influenced by popular television adaptations.

Many believe that film and television have the capacity to ruin a perfectly good novel by adapting it to fit into a series or film. Even Peter Jackson’s epic reworking of Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogy tried hard to squeeze in Tolkien’s vision but fell short for many fans of the books (coughTOMBOMBADILcough).

While some of us may scoff or sneer at the seemingly constant need to adapt already-existing stories for television or movies, it has become apparent that introducing someone to a story via television can impact book sales of the original title. This year’s hit adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale shows this to be the case with the 1985 novel hitting the top of Amazon’s most read list of 2017.

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David Tennant is… The Highway Rat

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Coming to the BBC this Christmas Day is a half hour animation of the picture book: The Highway Rat. The author, Julia Donaldson, is well known for The Gruffalo, and her continued collaboration with illustrator Axel Scheffler (right).

The story of The Highway Rat follows the titular character as he goes about his day of thievery and naughtiness. He steals food from his neighbours and even his own horse’s hay!

Inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman, the bouncing rhyme typical of Donaldson, carries the story along to a sweet and funny conclusion.

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