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

  • £6.69

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. 

2. Strike: Career of Evil - BBC One

  • £8.09

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.

3. Altered Carbon - Netflix

  • £8.19

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.

4. Patrick Melrose - Sky Atlantic/ Now TV

  • £7.99

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.

5. The Little Drummer Girl - BBC One

  • £7.39

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.


6. Outlander - Amazon Prime

  • £7.99

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.

7. Watership Down - BBC One/ Netflix

  • £5.59

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.


8. A Discovery of Witches - Sky1

  • £7.19

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).


9. A Very English Scandal - BBC One

  • £9.09

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.


10. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Netflix

  • £6.29

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.


11. Poldark - BBC One

  • £6.39

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.


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

  • £8.09

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.

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