The Most Anticipated Book to TV Adaptations of 2018

We all know the book is always better but that doesn't mean we can't get excited when we see a whole bunch of our favourite books are being adapted into, what are sure to be, small screen hits. In 2018 they'll be a whole array of amazing new book-to-TV adaptations that we just can't wait for. From sinister thrillers to epic period pieces to some exciting new sci-fi and fantasy shows, 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for TV and, without further ado, here are the book-to-TV adaptations that we are most anticipating this year...

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1. Vanity Fair - Amazon Prime and ITV

Based on Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

This new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's classic novel sees Olivia Cooke take on the iconic role of Becky Sharp as she navigates her way to the top of the social hierarchy in Regency England. While the Napoleonic Wars are raging, Becky is about to shake up society in the most scandalous fashion.

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2. Strike: Career of Evil - BBC One

Based on Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

This new Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling's pseudonym) TV adaptation is a two-part drama based on the third Cormoran Strike book. This time around private detective Strike and his assistant Robin are facing a brutal threat from someone from Strike's past.

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3. Altered Carbon - Netflix

Based on Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan

This thrilling new sci-fi series, based on the novel by Richard Morgan, will be heading to Netflix in February. In the Altered Carbon future it is possible to keep your consciousness alive forever by being transferred to different bodies. When Takeshi Kovacs finds himself in a new body he is given the bizarre task of discovering who is responsible for the murder of his last body.

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4. Patrick Melrose - Sky Atlantic/ Now TV

Based on the Patrick Melrose series by Edward St Aubyn

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels. Patrick Melrose has had a traumatic childhood, being born into a high-class but dysfunctional family, and a tough adulthood, dealing with addiction and the process of recovery. The show is dark and gritty as well as laugh-out-loud funny in places.

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5. The Little Drummer Girl - BBC One

Based on The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre

Following on from the huge success of the BBC's adaptation of The Night Manager, another John Le Carre adaptation is coming to the small screen in the next 12 months. In Greece, a young actress befriends an Israeli intelligence officer only to become trapped in a terrifying plot to catch a terrorist.

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6. Outlander - Amazon Prime

Based on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

The hit American show based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling series is back for its fourth series this year and the stakes are getting higher. If you haven't watched or read any of the Outlander series yet then don't worry, we won't spoil anything, but it's time you started catching up! Outlander is the story of a World War Two nurse called Claire who finds herself transported back in time to 18th century Scotland where she learns to live with the highlander clans.

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7. Watership Down - BBC One/ Netflix

Based on Watership Down by Richard Adams

A new 4-part animated series adapted from Richard Adams' book is coming soon with a very starry cast indeed. The actors lending their voices to literature's best-known rabbits includes James McAvoy, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult and John Boyega. Relive this children's classic on the small screen soon.

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8. A Discovery of Witches - Sky1

Based on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This exciting fantasy series is based on the book series by Deborah Harkness and sees Teresa Palmer play a historian and witch called Diana uncover an ancient magical manuscript that is about to change her carefully ordered world completely when she finds herself dealing with all manner of magical beings including one ambitious vampire, Matthew (played by Matthew Goode).

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9. A Very English Scandal - BBC One

Based on A Very English Scandal by John Preston and real events

Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw star in this adaptation of John Preston's book based on the true story of the first British politician to be tried in court for murder. MP Jeremy Thorpe was acquitted of conspiring to murder his ex-lover Norman Scott in the 1970s. The TV adaptation has been written by Russell T Davies and is set to broadcast in BBC One in the first half of the year.

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10. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Netflix

Based on the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Netflix will be releasing the second series of their Lemony Snicket adaptation starring Neil Patrick Harris this spring. The show follows the 3 Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, as they attempt to evade the clutches of the money-grabbing Count Olaf. Expect more wacky antics in the new series of this popular show.

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11. Poldark - BBC One

Based on the Ross Poldark series by Winston Graham

The BBC's well-loved Cornish drama based on the books by Winston Graham is back for series 4 in the summer. Set in the 18th century, the books and TV show follows Ross Poldark after he's returned from the army to find his family's estate in near-ruin and the woman he loves engaged to another man. Dramatic and romantic, it's no wonder the Poldark is back for another year.

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12. Sharp Objects - HBO (US) UK broadcaster TBA

Based on Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This HBO show has yet to be given a UK broadcaster but it is one of the most talked about new shows for this year so it will inevitably be picked up by a UK broadcaster once its thrilled viewers across the pond. Amy Adams stars as a reporter called Camille Preaker who is investigating the murders of two girls in her old hometown when things start to get sinister. The show is based on Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn's debut novel and is sure to be one powerful ride.

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2018 is going to be jam-packed with terrific TV so you'd better start stocking up on popcorn now!

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    When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
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    No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamor of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honorable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.
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    It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...
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    THE FIRST PATRICK MELROSE NOVEL At his mother's family house in the south of France, Patrick Melrose has the run of a magical garden. Bravely imaginative and self-sufficient, five-year-old Patrick encounters the volatile lives of adults with care. His father, David, rules with considered cruelty, and Eleanor, his mother, has retreated into drink. They are expecting guests for dinner. But this afternoon is unlike the chain of summer days before, and the shocking events that precede the guests' arrival tear Patrick's world in two. 'St Aubyn puts an entire family under a microscope, laying bare all its painful, unavoidable complexities. At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the novels are masterpieces, each and every one' Maggie O'Farrell 'Nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St Aubyn's world or more surprising its philosophical density' Zadie Smith, Harpers 'St Aubyn's prose has an easy charm that masks a ferocious, searching intellect. One of the finest writers of his generation' The Times
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    The Bad Beginning, the first book in Lemony Snicket's wonderful and bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, introduces readers to the misadventures - and misfortune! - of the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny.

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    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time.

    Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
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    This is the first novel in the bestselling Outlander series - soon to be a major new TV series. What if your future was the past? 1945, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It's a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband's six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats. Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
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    When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.
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    The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class. Illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment, the Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption in an entire section of British society that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true. A Very English Scandal is an eye-opening tale of how the powerful protect their own, and an extraordinary insight into the forces that shaped modern Britain.
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    Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life ...'From the incomparable Winston Graham ...who has everything that anyone else has, then a whole lot more' Guardian