With some of the biggest small screen smash-hits of recent years - includingThe Handmaid’s Tale, Poldark, Game of Thrones and American Gods - all adapted from fiction, there’s no wonder screenwriters are inspired by their bookshelves when looking for inspiration. 

Here's our pick of the new TV and film adaptations that we can't wait to watch in 2018.


Our Souls at Night

This Netflix original film stars Jane Fonda and Robert Redford and is based on the book of the same name by Kent Haruf. Completed shortly before his death in 2014, Our Souls at Night is a love story about growing old with grace set in Colorado, USA. Watch the full film trailer for Our Souls at Night below.

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The City & The City

The TV adaptation of China Mieville's genre-busting thriller is being produced by Mammoth Pictures for BBC Two and is pencilled in to air in 2018 - more news will be coming soon. The City & The City stars David Morrissey as Inspector Borlu, who in the course of a murder case unravels a secret that the fictional city of Besźel has spent years trying to keep under the surface. The four part drama has been shot on location in Manchester and Liverpool, and also stars Maria Schrader, Christian Camargo & Mandeep Dhillon.

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Alias Grace

Hot on the heels of one of the most talked about shows of the year - The Handmaid’s Tale - Alias Grace is the latest Margaret Atwood book to be adapted for the small screen. Based on the novel of the same name, Alias Grace was inspired by the true story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper in 19th-century Canada. The six part adaptation, which stars Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks, is available to watch in full on Netflix now.

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Selection Day

As part of Netflix’s recently launched programme of original Indian drama, Selection Day, by Booker-prize winning author Aravind Adiga is being adapted into a drama series for the subscription based platform. The novel is a coming-of-age story of two Indian brothers being raised by a sport-obsessed father, set in a world of cricket and corruption, and it is out in paperback now.

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The Woman in White

Often cited as the first mystery novel, and certainly an inspiration for today’s crime writers, Wilkie Collins’ 1859 classic is being adapted into a five part drama for BBC One this year. The series will star Ben Hardy as Walter Hartright, and Jessie Buckley, of War and Peace fame as Marian Halcombe. The Woman in White is being published into the Macmillan Collector’s Library in Spring 2018, and is available to pre-order now.

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