Yes yes yes…..this isn’t a book review but it is book related! I promise! Just bear with me as I ramble a little!
So being off in sick leave hasn’t just been about rest, relaxation and reading. I’ve been able to catch up on a bit of TV watching. Surprisingly when you have two small humans with impressionable minds, time to watch programmes with darker adult themes is limited. But when you have the house to yourself, suddenly there is time and oodles of it!
So I grabbed the remotes, settled down on the sofa and played catch up! But as the weeks (well week 3 to be precise) went on it dawned on me that purely by accident I had been watching quite a lot of book based offerings…So this post is about some of the viewing I’ve done that is based on books!
So I came out of hospital having seen loads on social media about new BBC America drama Killing Eve. Not one to want to miss out, I knew I needed to watch this. Thank goodness the BBC has the foresight to put all 8 episodes on the iPlayer straight after the first episode was broadcast.
After watching the first episode, I was hooked! Then as I watched episode 2, the credits told me this fantastic series is based on Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings. I now need to get myself a copy and read this.
Anyway this series was totally addictive! I loved the premise; the perfect assassin, untouchable and being tracked by a secret organisation! Jodie Comer for me was the star of the show. She played a blinder as this sociopathic psychopath. Her ability to speak multiple languages was flawless to this untrained ear. Sandra Oh played a brilliant agent trying to track this unknown assassin. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the attention. Can’t wait for season 2!! If you like your fast paced crime thrillers, this is definitely worth a watch!
Murder On The Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express has to be my favourite Poirot novel. I adored the original 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel with the all-star cast including Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery. Yes it scared the crap out of me when I watched it as a kid. So having Kenneth Branagh doing a remake had me in mixed emotions.
If you haven’t seen the original film, this Branagh interpretation is a perfectly good take on the novel however for me, it didn’t quite hit the mark. I personally felt it missed the glamour and tension of the original. I do feel bad that I’m comparing the two films but I have seen the original so many times over the years, it’s difficult not to. I personally thought some of the casting was slight amiss. However Kenneth Branagh does play a good Poirot, not the best in my opinion but not bad. What I would like to see is him adapt one of the Poirot novels that hasn’t made it to the big screen.
Lucifer is a series I’ve found on Amazon Prime starring the rather lush Tom Ellis. It’s based on characters from the Sandman comic books created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. In this Fox series, Lucifer Morningstar is one of God’s sons who was kicked out of heaven and sent to preside over Hell. But Lucifer decides he wants a holiday and heads to LA, ironically the City of Angels. There he runs a life of debauchery and a rather fabulous night club. Until he encounters the enigmatic Detective Chloe Decker and starts to “assist” the LAPD with their homicides in his own unique way.
I properly binge watched the three series available on Amazon. I lost hours sat on the sofa glued to episode after episode. Tom Ellis is excellent, playing a sinister, charming, comical if not ever slightly camp Devil Incarnate. The supporting celestial characters of Mazikeen and Amenadial are brilliant, some of their discoveries of humanity seem so simple but to them kind of a 🤯🤯.
Imagine my horror to read an article that the series had been cancelled at the beginning of this year!!! But thank goodness Netflix saved the day and commissioned Season 4!!
Many of you will remember I recently reviewed Helen Fitzgerald’s The Cry. This excellent thriller is the basis for the BBC drama of the same name starring Jenna Coleman.
I sat and watched all four episodes back to back. It’s different to the book but not in a bad way. It’s the same story, just told in a different order to build the tension.
I’ve got to say I loved this adaptation. Jenna Coleman played Joanna impeccably. She portrayed the part of the devastated mother perfectly. I wasn’t the biggest fan of her in Doctor Who but this part was hers.
Synchronicity Films have produced an amazing adaptation of The Cry. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspenseful drama.
So everyone that’s my first bookish based viewing post. What do you think? Have I tempted you with anything I’ve watched? Is there anything you think I should watch??