I am excited to hear that a new TV adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love is to be made. It is to star Lily James (who seems to be in every new English TV series at the moment) as Linda, Dominic West and Dolly Wells will be the Radlett parents and Andrew Scott will be Lord Merlin. There will be 3 x 60-minute episodes and it does sound as if the script will remain faithful to the book. I am a huge Mitford fan, and Nancy is my favourite of those crazy sisters, so that’s something to really look forward to. Filming started last month around Bath and Bristol, but no release date has yet been given.
Did you know that a new movie version of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile has recently been made? Kenneth Branagh plays Poirot and there’s a cast of big names – Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Annette Bening and Tom Bateman. It is due for release in October. I wasn’t a huge fan of Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express and just don’t feel he is right as Hercule Poirot, but I’ll go and see it when it comes out. And Christie’s novel The Pale Horse will soon be released as a two-part mini-series, with Rufus Sewell who is always worth watching!
There’s also a new film version of Jack London’s classic adventure tale The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens.
2020 is the 50th anniversary of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. His books (which have sold 60 million copies internationally) encouraged thousands to become vets, brought millions of tourists to the Yorkshire Dales, and the original TV series has a special place in the hearts of many (including me). The new series has promised to be faithful to the books and is filmed on location in that especially fabulous part of England, the Yorkshire Dales. Nicholas Ralph will act Herriot (whose real name was Alf Wight) and Samuel West will play Siegfried Farnon.
David Tennant is to star in an adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in 80 Days, Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel Black Narcissus is to be turned into a three-part TV mini-series, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is to have a nine-part mini-series.
Of course, the next challenge is to work out which channel might be streaming these programmes we are keen to watch. It always seems that the only one you do NOT subscribe to is the very channel that streams exactly what you want to watch. Good luck!
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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