Top 10 Best TV Shows Based on Books

These hugely popular and gripping series are all inspired by thrilling novels. From the spellbinding saga of Game of Thrones to the adrenaline-fuelled adventures of The Musketeers, check out the list below for the best TV shows based on books.

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1. Game of Thrones

Based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

The seventh season of this notoriously unpredictable, shocking and engrossing series is rumoured to be arriving on our screens in summer 2017. Set in a fantasy world with medieval elements, the series chronicles the turbulent struggles between various noble families to claim the Iron Throne of Westeros, including the scheming Lannisters and the ambitious Targaryens. It features violence, warfare, sex, plotting, magic, scandal and fantastical creatures in abundance, making for a gripping and addictive series. Charles Dance stars as the manipulative Tywin Lannister, Emilia Clarke as the strong-minded Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harington as the daring Jon Snow and Peter Dinklage as the courageous and calculating Tyrion Lannister. The series first aired in April 2011 and is set to conclude in 2018.

2. Shadowhunters

Based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This dark, gritty series follows the thrilling adventures of Clary Fray, who, on her 18th birthday, discovers that she is a 'Shadowhunter', a person born with angelic blood who must protect humans from demons. Alongside the enigmatic and attractive Shadowhunter Jace and her geeky but dependable friend Simon, she finds herself in a dangerous world of faeries, vampires, warlocks and werewolves, and embarks on an epic quest filled with peril, romance, action and self-discovery. The series stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland and Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis.

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Following the mysterious death of their parents in a house fire, the Baudelaire children - Violet, Klaus and Sunny - are sent to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf, an eccentric actor who doesn't really care about the children, but about the family fortune they are due to inherit. Count Olaf is determined to claim this inheritance for himself, but cannot do so until Violet comes of age. The Baudelaire children set out to foil Count Olaf's efforts and unravel the mystery behind a secret society with which their parents were somehow involved. The series first aired in January 2017, starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, Patrick Warburton as the narrator Lemony Snicket, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire and Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire.

4. Orange is the New Black

Based on the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Piper Chapman lives a quiet, law-abiding, upper-middle-class life in New York City with her beloved fiance - until, that is, she is sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment in Litchfield Penitentiary, a prison in upstate New York, for a drug-smuggling crime she committed a decade ago. This series follows Piper as she is faced with navigating the chaotic, cruel and unpredictable world of prison life, surrounded by a host of diverse characters. The show is peppered with flashbacks, revealing how the various inmates came to be imprisoned, each with a unique and intriguing tale. The hugely-popular and award-winning show has become the most-watched on Netflix, and has also been praised for highlighting issues concerning prison practices, injustice and corruption. It stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Laura Prepon as Piper's on-off lover and fellow inmate Alex Vause, and Nick Sandow as the exasperated prison warden Joe Caputo.

5. Sherlock

Based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This engrossing series plucks Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson from their Victorian setting in the books and plants them in the chaotic London of the present day. It follows Sherlock, Watson, Mary, the infamous Moriarty and various other characters throughout a series of seemingly inexplicable mysteries which Sherlock must attempt to solve - and does so in his classically suave and calculating style. The series first aired in 2010 and has garnered great acclaim and many awards over the years. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan and Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty.

6. Poldark

Based on the Poldark books by Winston Graham

In this riveting, romantic series, Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War to find his father is dead, his father's house in ruins, and his former sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin, Francis. But it's not long before he finds a new love in Demelza, a miner's daughter he saves from a beating, and marries her. But Ross is still secretly in love with Elizabeth, and scandal is sure to follow. Meanwhile, Ross must navigate a series of shocking incidents, from mine collapses to court cases, and manage his turbulent financial affairs. The series stars Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark, Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Jack Farthing as the cunning antagonist, George Warleggan.

7. Outlander

Based on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

This exhilarating series follows Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who finds herself transported back in time to Scotland in 1743. There, she meets the dashing Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser, and becomes embroiled in the violent risings of the time, in danger of both the Jacobites and the Redcoats. The award-winning series stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp, Sam Heughan as James 'Jamie' Fraser, Simon Callow as Clarence Marylebone and Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall.

8. Call the Midwife

Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth: Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End

This enchanting series follows the lives of a group of midwives in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The historical events of the time significantly affect their characters and storylines, including the post-war baby boom, the 1948 founding of the NHS, the threat of nuclear warfare and the thalidomide scandal. The series has become popular around the world and stars Jessica Raine as Nursing Sister Jennifer 'Jenny' Lee, Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina and Miranda Hart as Matron Camilla 'Chummy' Browne.

9. The Musketeers

Based on The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Based on the characters of Alexandre Dumas's famous book, this series follow Athos, Aramis and Porthos, three highly-trained musketeers. Assigned to protect king and country, they must also manage their personal affairs in a fast-paced world of intrigue, action, romance and adventure. This popular series stars Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, Luke Pasqualino as the skilful farm boy d'Artagnan and Tamla Kari as d'Artagnan's lover, Constance Bonacieux.

10. Hannibal

Based on the Hannibal series by Thomas Harris

This exciting and gruesome series chronicles the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is asked to supervise Graham as he undertakes an investigation into a series of murders - and also happens to be a cannibalistic serial killer. But Hannibal takes a keen interest in Will, fascinated by the way he is able to empathise with criminals, and their relationship grows more and more complicated. The series stars Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Caroline Dhavernas as professor of psychiatry Dr. Alana Bloom.

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    A century after his first appearance, Sherlock Holmes continues to entertain audiences around the world, and has gained new fans with the success of the films starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. But the originals will always be the greatest, and this collection brings together both the short stories and longer novels that have made him, and loyal companion Watson, amongst literature's biggest sensations. Illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget, this is a must-have for anyone who is a big fan and wants to know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest creation in closer detail.

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    "Pure swashbuckling pleasure". ("Daily Telegraph"). The young D'Artagnan travels to Paris determined to join King Louis XIII's elite guards. Hot-headed and raring to prove himself, D'Artagnan challenges three strangers to a duel. These strangers are none other than the daring band of Musketeers - Porthos, Athos and Aramis. D'Artagnan's fearless spirit impresses them and the Musketeers take him under their wing. Soon, the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter propel the four musketeers to adventures on horseback, across seas and over rooftops to defend the honour of the Queen and protect the life of the King. This is a rousing tale of thrilling swordplay and royal intrigue, brave friends and the basest treachery. See also: "The Count of Monte Cristo".
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    With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe over a decade ago. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her; convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women's prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance. Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.
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    HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

    George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has set the benchmark for contemporary epic fantasy. Labelled by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world, Martin has conjured a world as complex and vibrant as that of J.R.R. Tolkien, populated by a huge cast of fascinating, complex characters, and boasting a history that stretches back twelve thousand years.

    Three great storylines weave through the books, charting the civil war for control of the Seven Kingdoms; the defence of the towering Wall of ice in the uttermost north against the unearthly threat of the Others; and across the Narrow Sea the rise to power of Daenerys Targaryen and the last live dragons in the world.

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    Sexual hunger; demonic violence; sinister logic - the lethal components of a deadly formula driving a psychopath in the grip of an unimagin-able delusion; a boastful killer who sends the police tormenting notes; a tortured, torturing monster who finds ultimate pleasure in viciously murdering happy families, and calls himself...The Red Dragon.
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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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    The inspiration for Netflix's hit show Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series combines heart-stopping, action-packed thrills with supernatural elements and forbidden romance. Complete with refreshed artwork, here you'll find all six books in the series for one unbelievable price.

    Featuring mature themes throughout, these books are ideal for teens who love The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. The series starts with City of Bones, a novel that introduces the heroine, 16-year-old Clary Fray, and explains how she's starting to see things she shouldn't - including vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.

    After witnessing a horrific incident, Clary finds herself drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group who are determined to rid New York's underworld - and the rest of the world - of demons. Full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal, Clary also finds herself falling for someone she shouldn't...

    Please note that this collection contains mature themes.
    This collection contains the entire series (books 1-6) of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments.
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    This is a large beautifully illustrated edition of CALL THE MIDWIFE with never-before-seen photographs which bring the real London and real lives to life. Pictures of the docklands, photos of how life was lived at the time, the families, housing, health service, food and of course the nuns and the midwives who brought so many babies into the world will be a beautiful addition to Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoir.
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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.

    Their misfortunes begin when Mr. Poe informs them that their parents perished in a fire that destroyed their whole house. But, of course, what follows is even more dreadful... The children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched, but when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they - and their family fortune - are in real trouble.

    Reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is ideal reading for children aged 9 and above - and this is the perfect place to start!
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    With the BBC dramatisation of Winston Graham's Poldark set to return to our screens very soon, we are delighted to bring our customers this TV tie-in set of the beloved books.

    Ross Poldark introduces our hero. Tired from a long-fought war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his homeland but the joyful homecoming he anticipated turns sour: his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. His sympathies for the locals are strong and they lead to him saving an impoverished miner's daughter from a fairground brawl, changing the course of his life forever...

    In Demelza, the miner's daughter he saved from the fairground brawl is now his wife and the turbulent years in which they live are testing their marriage and their love for one another. Demelza is trying to adapt to the ways of the gentry bring her only heartache and headaches, despite the joy of the first child. And Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of miners with his enemy, George Warleggan.

    Period writing of the highest calibre, this two-book set is ideal for fans of the Poldark show and those yet to read the incomparable works of Winston Graham.

    This set contains books one and two in Winston Graham's Poldark series