Monday, 27 January 2014

Five of the Best TV Shows Based on Books from Retreat by Random House

It’s not news that TV and movies sometimes draw their inspiration from the printed word. But we thought this was a particular timely post after last night’s premiere of The Best Laid Plans on CBC. Based on the book the same name written by Terry Fallis, this political satire got us thinking about other shows based on books that we love.
The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election—but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock—an engineering professor who will do anything, anything,to avoid teaching English to engineers—to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on. Now you’re caught up from the first episode and ready to watch episode two of The Best Laid Plans January 6th on CBC!

A Journeyman to Grief by Maureen Jennings
Based on Maureen Jennings‘ novels, the series takes place in Toronto in the 1890s. Detective William Murdoch uses detecting methods that were unusual for the time, like fingerprinting and surveillance. The Murdoch Mysteries is a great, Canadian show that airs on CBC. It also airs in the United States on Ovation as, The Artful Detective.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Based on the critically acclaimed (and super fun!) series of novels from Kelley Armstrong. Set in Toronto and upper New York State, Bitten follows the adventures of 28-year-old Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. An orphan, Elena thought she finally found her “happily ever after” with her new love Clayton, until her life changed forever. With one small bite, the normal life she craved was taken away and she was left to survive life with the Pack. Bitten premieres on Space on January 11! Set your DVRs, it’s going to be good!

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Game of Thrones on HBO is no different. Adored by fans and critics alike, the on-screen adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is a must watch!

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Perhaps the most talked about book to screen adaptation recently? Especially if you have a Tumblr account (beware the spoilers). This BBC, modern day adaptation of Sherlock is fun, witty, funny and often perplexing. True to the literary roots, Holmes demonstrates his uncanny knack for finding the truth and tapping into powers of deduction that still captivate audiences today.


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