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Started by darkhorse on Nov 13, 2021 8:33:30 AM
Choose a novel to make a TV drama out of which hasn't been done already

Go on, commission your Sunday night spectacular from your favourite, or indeed least favourite or appropriate, work of fiction.

Your budget is substantial. You've got a Netflix deal.

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lapsedcat - 13 Nov 2021 08:38:59 (#1 of 114)

Cause For Alarm by Eric Ambler

Oldbathrobe1 - 13 Nov 2021 08:40:05 (#2 of 114)

Caversham Lock, detectives hunt for a baby farmer who dumps the bodies in a canal, in 1896. They could use Joanne Froggatts old costume from the Mary Ann Cotton one.

Ebadlun - 13 Nov 2021 08:40:30 (#3 of 114)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Peacock - 13 Nov 2021 08:43:26 (#4 of 114)

  • The Delta of Venus
  • 100 Days of Sodom

yumyum - 13 Nov 2021 08:44:36 (#5 of 114)

Another vote for Eleanor Oliphant.

darkhorse - 13 Nov 2021 08:46:19 (#6 of 114)

With my massive budget I thought of perhaps doing an SF adaptation, Frederick Pohl's Gateway perhaps, which has a sufficiently ridiculous premise, a structure based around a guilt stricken astronaut and a robot shrink, and some sequels for further development if it is a hit. I see there was an option to make it which appears to not have materialised.

To save me summarising the plot, here's a cut and paste:

In “Gateway,” humanity discovers an asteroid teeming with the long-abandoned spaceships of an advanced alien race — the Heechee – setting in motion a gold rush for alien artifacts and technology. The ships are preprogrammed, transporting their voyagers to distant worlds of riches — or certain death. Undaunted by the peril or the odds, prospector Robinette Broadhead gambles everything on a journey to Gateway. After one nightmare mission, he returns to extraordinary wealth and luxury, but is haunted by the loss of his crewmates, including the love of his life.

NoobRomeo - 13 Nov 2021 09:00:01 (#7 of 114)

Harry Potter and the Flogging of a Dead Muggle

Snarlygog - 13 Nov 2021 09:07:37 (#8 of 114)

Flashman series a la Sharp. 2 hour adaptions of the books.

NoobRomeo - 13 Nov 2021 09:11:56 (#9 of 114)

Yes please.

NoobRomeo - 13 Nov 2021 09:14:11 (#10 of 114)

As unwoke as legally permissable to confound the Right.

HouseOfLametta - 13 Nov 2021 09:18:51 (#11 of 114)

Matt Berry?

Catspyjamas17 - 13 Nov 2021 09:19:11 (#12 of 114)

Rivers of London please. I think it's on the cards (Simon Pegg) but needs to hurry up.

NoobRomeo - 13 Nov 2021 09:24:39 (#13 of 114)

Because there are never enough scifi franchises I would one day like to see Consider Phlebas and other Culture series novels reach the screen, especially after so many disappointments with once promising projects.

solomongursky - 13 Nov 2021 09:26:32 (#14 of 114)

Earthly Powers.

Ginmonkey - 13 Nov 2021 09:28:02 (#15 of 114)

#12 I want to see that happen, but it needs a Netflix style budget in order not to be shit.

The good thing about that series is the characters are very diverse so the casting could be a delight- lots of opportunities for actors not usually given roles in Sunday night dramas.

HouseOfLametta - 13 Nov 2021 09:28:33 (#16 of 114)

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

ReverendBlueJeans - 13 Nov 2021 09:45:29 (#17 of 114)

The Moving Toyshop

(the BBC did adapt it once but wiped the tapes, so it counts)

Waverley

StakludKar - 13 Nov 2021 09:46:38 (#18 of 114)

A House for Mr Biswas

Peacock - 13 Nov 2021 09:47:21 (#19 of 114)

Good one.

dmlc133 - 13 Nov 2021 09:49:53 (#20 of 114)

Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle trilogy. Would need a massive budget though.

A Canticle for Leibowitz could be good.

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