1 June 2017 Susannah

Film Adaptations

Lobby card from the 1933 film Little Women starring Paul Lukas and Katharine Hepburn.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The BBC has recently announced that it will be adapting Vikram Seth’s monumental novel A Suitable Boy as an 8-part drama. It will be their first ever period drama featuring a totally non-white cast. The screenplay will be written by (who else?) Andrew Davies. Filming will start later this year.

And PBS Masterpiece and the BBC are teaming up to create a new 3-part mini-series of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women. The screenplay is by Heidi Thomas (of Call the Midwife fame). There have been about a dozen movie and TV versions of the novel already (the image above is from the 1933 film version starring Paul Lukas and Katharine Hepburn), but every generation needs its own Little Women.

Do you have a favourite film version of Little Women? Do you prefer to read the book before seeing the film, or the other way around? Share your thoughts in the comment area below.

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Featured image credit- Lobby card from the 1933 film Little Women starring Paul Lukas and Katharine Hepburn. By RKO – eBaycard, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34336179
Body image credit- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50365.A_Suitable_Boy

Comments (2)

  1. Rosna Storey

    Thanks for letting me know the BBC is making a mini series of A Suitable Boy…I loved the book and am really looking forward to the series.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I am also really looking forward to it. If it is done well, it should be a visual feast too, with Indian scenery, the crowd scenes, the colourtful saris etc.

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