I love TV, and I love books. Some TV adaptations are simply horrible. These ones are not. You can find all of these TV shows and the books they’re based on here at the Library.
I’ve spent ages watching and rewatching BBC One’s “Miss Marple” series. It stars Joan Hickson as Miss Marple, a sweet old lady with a mind like a steel trap who solves crimes. If you’re starting the TV series, your first stop will be “The Body in the Library” in the “Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple” DVD collection. If you’d like to begin with the books, I’d recommend “Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories.”
If you want a good cry, try “Call the Midwife.” It’s a more recent BBC drama that follows a young midwife in East London in the fifties. It has me in tears every episode. The series is based on a true story written by Jennifer Worth in “Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times.”
For a detective story, try “Longmire.” It stars a Wyoming sheriff and some truly beautiful scenery. It’s based on the “Walt Longmire Mystery” series by Craig Johnson. Both the books and the DVDs tend to fly off the shelves here, and I’ve heard a lot about how good they are from our patrons. Start the show at Season One and the books at “The Cold Dish.”
I just found out that “Bones,” a thrilling crime drama starring a forensic anthropologist, is based on a book series. The author, Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist herself and has used her experience to write more than 20 fiction books. Start the show at Season One and the books at “Déjà Dead.” (If you’ve started “Bones” and are looking for an excellent spinoff series, look on streaming platforms for “The Finder.”)
If you’re looking for something else, feel free to drop by and ask a librarian!