Today, we're discussing our top ten favorite TV adaptations of British novels.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely team at Broke and the Bookish!
Top ten TV adaptations of British novels
But seriously, some of these adaptations are a great way of discussing new stories and writers you may not have considered before! So today, I'm going to recap my top ten favorite adaptations of British novels.
10. The Forsyte Saga - 2002 (ITV)
It does, but it's so much more than that. It's a mini-series based on John Galsworthy's trilogy, which discusses class warfare, the true way to love someone, and the (in)ability to forgive old wounds. Also, Damian Lewis. So you know it's good.
9. He Knew He Was Right - 2004 (BBC)
It has an brilliant cast, including Lara Fraser, David Tennant and a ridiculously adorable Matthew Goode, but it also examines the difficulties and complexities of relationships, including how jealousy can drive people apart.
8. The Line of Beauty - 2006 (BBC)
In 2006, they starred in a BBC adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel, The Line of Beauty. It's a thought-provoking story about a gay student who finds himself in the 1980s, just as AIDs, Margaret Thatcher and a changing world comes to the forefront.
While the adaptation isn't remotely perfect, it's well-acted - Stevens particularly shines in his debut role - and serves as a springboard for readers to discover the book.
7. Pride and Prejudice - 1995 (BBC)
However, my favorite scene involve a nice dip in the lake...
Anyway, this is your perfect introduction to all things Austen, including her witty dialogue. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are perfectly cast as Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy respectively. You'll absolutely see why so many readers view the two of them as their OTP.
6. Bleak House - 2005 (BBC)
It's a beautifully layered production that questions the value of fortune, love, relationships. Featuring an excellent screenplay by Andrew Davies and an all-star cast, this mini-series will absolutely keep you riveted and motivate you to check out the book.
5. Mansfield Park - 2007 (ITV)
Let me just say: the Billie Piper verion is a slightly more thorough (and in my opinion, better written) adaptation than the 1999 version of Mansfield Park.
Also, it features Hayley Atwell scheming and devious. So, there is that!
4. Doctor Zhivago - 2002 (ITV)
It's not perfect - it embellishes a lot and changes a lot of scenes from the book - but it does a good job of attracting interest to Russian literature.
Screenwriter Andrew Davies hits on all the high points and low points of the story, and brings a magic to the adaptation that will make people want to check out the book.
Also, Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson and Sam Neil all do a fantastic job.
3. Jane Eyre - 2006 (BBC)
Outside of that, Toby Stephen's Rochester is more fleshed-out as well. He has a sly sense of humor, and has interests - e.g. bird watching - that weren't necessarily reflected in the original novel.
I personally think that the changes add to the story, but would love to hear what you may think.
2. Northanger Abbey - 2007 (ITV)
This is also the first time we really see Felicity Jones and JJ Feild break out on screen (along with an already relatively well-established Carey Mulligan), so watch this to enjoy their banter, especially during Catherine's gothic daydreams.
1. North and South - 2004 (BBC)
(And the book is just as awesome. Promise.)