Top Ten Tuesday – From Page To Screen

Good morning! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a pages to screen freebie! There were lots of great suggestions for themes, things like Top Ten Best Adaptations and Ten Films You’ve Watched Before Reading but I couldn’t decide on just one theme so below is a combination of adaptations I love, some I’m excited for and one or two I’d love to see. All in no particular order

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From Page To Screen

Sherlock – BBC series based on the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I adore a good mystery and thanks to my dad I’ve been watching various Sherlock adaptations since I was a little girl. From the series starring Jeremy Brett and the one off BBC production with Rupert Everett, to Disney’s Basil The Great Mouse Detective and CBS’s Elementary. The BBC’s modern take on the great detective starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman rates as my favourite though.


Strike – BBC series based on the stories by Robert Galbraith

I was a fan of the Cormoran Strike books anyway but I am absolutely in love with the BBC adaptation. Tom Burke may not be the Strike described in the books but he’s wonderful in the role. Holliday Grainger is superb as Robin and I can’t wait for the Lethal White adaptation.


Bones – Fox series inspired by the stories by Kathy Reichs

I say inspired by rather than based on as when it comes to Bones the central characters sharing the name Temperance Brennan and the job of a forensic anthropologist that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Kathy Reichs served as a producer on the TV series but TV Tempe and Book Tempe are two very different characters. I do enjoy the books as well but the TV show just edges it for me, possibly something to do with Special Agent Seeley Booth…


Rizzoli & Isles – TNT series based on the stories by Tess Gerritsen

This is another series where the books and the TV show have some differences – the primary thing for me being in Jane’s love life. That said I adored Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander’s take on the characters.


His Dark Materials – BBC series based on the stories by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass really didn’t do it for me so I can’t say I was too upset when The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass weren’t adapted to follow the movie. That said I’m so excited for the BBC adaptation, I think the longer run time over a series will really benefit it and I’m so excited by some of the casting choices, I’m so ready for Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby!


Harry Potter – Film series based on the novels by J. K. Rowling

This list obviously wouldn’t be complete without featuring Harry Potter. I adored the books growing up and have great memories of going to watch the first two films with my family in the run up to Christmas. Are there things I would change? Absolutely, there are parts of the books I loved that didn’t make it into the movies but overall I think the movies are pretty great.


The Secret Garden – 2019 film based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Now I absolutely adored the 1993 adaptation my mum bought it for me as a reward for finishing the novel when I was seven. I watched that video so many times you would not believe it! I was also in love with the movie adaptation of another book by the author – A Little Princess. A new adaptation of The Secret Garden featuring Colin Firth and Julie Walters is scheduled for release this year (or next depending on which website you read)


Pride & Prejudice – BBC series based on the novel by Jane Austen

For me this is the ultimate period drama adaptation. Colin Firth emerging from the lake is probably one of the most iconic TV scenes in history. I have an additional affinity to this production as growing up I visited Lyme Hall a lot, and it was used for the exterior shots for Pemberley.


Dark Gifts – Vic James

I absolutely adore this trilogy and I would so love to see some sort of adaptation! I think I’m leaning slightly towards some sort of mini series rather than a movie trilogy but I’ll take whatever I can get, I’d love the see the Jardines on screen.


DI Kelly Porter – Rachel Lynch

This is a fantastic crime series, I think Kelly is such a great character and the Lake District setting would make for such a gorgeous television series – the next Vera perhaps…

Round up comments. Let me know in the comments!

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – From Page To Screen

  1. A Cup of Wonderland

    I’m obsessed with the Strike adaptations! They are so good! I just wish more was written before they started filming them or if they were released with more of a gap between them? If that makes sense, just feels like the wait till Lethal White is going to be so long! I love the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice too!

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    1. Sarah - SWB

      I agree! I want more Strike, but I’m not sure I’d want it to do what so many crime dramas do and start creating their own stories so I guess I’ll have to deal with my impatience, or get JK to start writing faster!

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  2. Lilyfae

    Yes! What a great list!! I too am looking forward to His Dark Materials – Ruth Wilson is going to be epic as Mrs Coulter (after Luther I cant imagine anyone better) and I loved the 1993 Secret Garden too (and Little Princess still can bring a tear even though it changed the plot) but it is definitely a bit dated now- be good to see a bigger budget version and Colin Firth for adaptation bonus points!

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    1. Sarah - SWB

      The Secret Garden is definitely a bit of my childhood I’m looking forward to revisiting. Although I’m not sure how Julie Walters will compare to Maggie Smith in the same role, although I love both actresses!

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  3. 1girl2manybooks

    Argghh I can’t believe I forgot Cormoran Strike! I think that’s a great adaptation, I’ve really enjoyed what they’ve done so far and I’m looking forward to Lethal White being done, there are a few moments in that I cannot wait to see.

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  4. Guinevere

    I used to binge watch Bones with my sister and loved it. I am not into thrillers and crime novels, though, so I never knew how much of a similarity the characters and story have. And I didn’t knew Rizzoli & Isles was based on books ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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  6. Rissi JC

    I’m excited about “The Secret Garden” even though I haven’t read it (yet!) and I quite enjoyed both “Bones” and “Rizzoli and Isles” (never read those books though either). However, despite not reading the books (yes, again), BBC’s “Sherlock” is always brilliant, and while I’m sad there’s no more in the works, the final season IS quite brilliant, so that’s the way to go out! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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