TV Adaptations 2017

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

Apple Tree Yard is a dark and gripping psychological thriller. British author Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard was published in 2013, when it became a bestseller thanks to its gripping plot and central mystery: what did respected geneticist Dr. Yvonne Carmichael do to find herself in the docks?

Apple Tree Yard is primarily a courtroom drama, telling the events behind Carmichael’s appearance in court. It charts her affair with a stranger she meets in the Houses of Parliament – as her actions ripple outwards and lead to an act of violence.

It stars Emily Watson. Also starring are Ben Chaplin, Mark Bonnar, Adeel Akhtar, and more.


American Gods – Neil Gaiman

American Gods is an upcoming television series created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz. uller and Green will script the first episode and serve as showrunners. Gaiman will executive produce along with Fuller, Green, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk and Thom Beers. The series is set to premiere in April 2017.

The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man calling himself Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job he seems all too confident that Shadow will accept. Arriving home, Shadow finds that the life he thought was waiting for him is gone. With no other options, he accepts Wednesday’s offer. At first, it appears that Wednesday is nothing but a con artist who runs scams for cash and needs Shadow as a collaborator and bodyguard. Shadow soon learns that Wednesday is in fact the god Odin of Norse mythology. Wednesday is making his way across America, gathering all the old gods, who, without believers, have now incorporated themselves into American life and pretend to be ordinary people, while the New Gods – Media, Technology, and a host of others – grow ever stronger. Shadow finds himself drawn into a final confrontation between the old gods and the new.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is an upcoming American comedy-drama miniseries series created by David E. Kelley, based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The series will air on HBO. The series will premiere on February 19, 2017.


A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

The first season consists of eight episodes and adapts the first four books of the series. A Series of Unfortunate Events was renewed for a second season, which is planned to consist of ten episodes that adapt books five through nine of the novel series, and a third season is expected to adapt the remaining four books.

When a mysterious fire kills their parents, the Baudelaire children are placed into the care of their distant relative Count Olaf, an actor who is determined to claim the family fortune for himself. Following Olaf’s failed attempt, the Baudelaire’s set out to elude Olaf and uncover the mystery behind a secret society from their parents’ past.



13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

The first season is being developed with thirteen episodes, which are scheduled to be released on Netflix in 2017. All episodes are set to be released on March 31, 2017.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is an upcoming American television series based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It has been ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order, with the production beginning in late 2016. It will premiere on April 26, 2017.


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. The series was first announced in July 2014, and received an 8-episode straight-to-series order by HBO on April 1, 2016.


The Cormoran Strike series – Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

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It is expected to air in 2017 but no broadcast date has yet been announced for the tentatively-titled The Cormoran Strike Mysteries.

The Strike series will cover the first three books in the series – The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil. The first book will be adapted into three hour-long episodes, the second and third into two hour-long episodes.

The books follow the cases undertaken by private investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant and secretary Robin Ellacott. Cormoran is in his late thirties, the illegitimate son of a former rock star and a former Special Investigation Branch investigator who was discharged from the army after losing half his leg in a bomb attack in Afghanistan. In the first book he has very little cases until the events in the book make him a name, bringing him more work. He takes on Robin Ellacott as a temp but she impresses him and ends up working for him full-time.

Tom Burke had been cast as Strike.Rowling will executive produce the series, but she won’t be writing the screenplays. The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm will be penned by Ben Richards (Spooks), while Tom Edge (Netflix’s Lovesick) will adapt Career of Evil.

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