I’d picked up a couple of boxes of When the Boat Comes In, a fabulous series from the 1970s starring James Bolam. I put the first disc in my computer to watch while doing some other stuff and became totally distracted when Susan Jameson popped up. Who? Susan Jameson and James Bolam are married and were two of the main characters in New Tricks, a recent classic series from England. I let my fingers do the walking and found various things I didn’t know. Apparently they’ve been in several series together including Grandpa in My Pocket, but what really caught my eye when I was looking at Jameson’s body of work were some books.
Archer’s Goon is a book written by Diana Wynne Jones, it’s a fantastic little story and it seems it was made into a TV series in 1992 with Jameson as Catriona Sykes. The previous year she was in another series called Woof! based on a book by Allan Ahlberg.
That’s when it gets a little complicated and possibly even timey wimey. Woof! has Anthony Head, Sarah Smart, Stephen Fry and a cast of other talented people I’ve seen before, even Michael Troughton who is the son of Patrick Troughton. Sarah Smart? I first saw her on At Home with the Braithwaites a rather off beat series which is definitely not for the kiddy winks.
I’ve managed to find all six episodes of Archer’s Goon on YouTube and I’ve managed to watch them all. If I work a little harder I can possibly see some of Woof! but that might be harder as I’m not located in the UK.
Episode 4 of Archer’s Goon showed me Annette Badland, looking through her list of credits I found a goldmine. The Worst Witch (1998 – 2001) written by Jill Murphy, Blackhearts in Battersea (1995-1996) written by Joan Aiken, Gulliver’s Travels (nine times from 1902 to 2010) by Jonathan Swift. I’m not forgetting All Creatures Great and Small from 1978 – 1990 written by the inimitable James Herriot.
There’s a wealth of other books that have been turned into movies or into TV series. I’m not mentioning any of the Narnia series or Divergent, nor even Game of Thrones.
I’m suggesting a little game here. Can you name five books that have been turned into movies or serials for the TV? Just to make it a smidgeon harder I’m going to ask you not to repeat any I’ve mentioned and don’t repeat any the previous commenters mention. I’ll do my best to watch all you tell me about.