Neil Gaiman and the late, great Terry Pratchett struck gold back in 1990 with their collaborative fantasy novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, which follows an angel and a devil who strike an uneasy alliance in order to save the planet they’ve both come to call home.
Now Amazon Prime Video and the BBC are bringing the book to life, with the dream casting of Michael Sheen and David Tennant as the two celestial buddies.
When is Good Omens on TV? All six hour-long episodes of the series are on Amazon Prime Video (31st May 2019), before they air about six months later on BBC2.
Janice Y K Lee’s book follows a close-knit group of women expats in Hong Kong, and is set to be adapted into an Amazon series, with Nicole Kidman acting as executive producer. That might explain why the series is already being compared to Big Little Lies…
When is The Expatriates on TV? The series will air on Amazon at some point during 2019.
What’s the book? The book has the same name, The Expatriates, and is available to buy in paperback, kindle and audiobook.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller’s classic novel follows the increasingly outlandish and bizarre exploits of US Air Force pilots during the Second World War. George Clooney is bringing the book to TV, acting as series’ producer and director while also starring in a minor role alongside Hugh Laurie.
When is Catch-22 on TV? Catch-22 will air on Channel 4 in 2019
If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, add Death Comes As the End to the top of your bedside pile now. Vanity Fair screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes is writing an adaptation of Death Comes As the End for Christmas 2019, following Sarah Phelps’ The ABC Murders.
The tale is an historical novel set in Ancient Egypt around 2000 BC.
When is Death Comes As the End on TV? The adaptation will air Christmas 2019 on the BBC.
Although the release date for the BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is roughly pencilled in for 2019, it’s still all rather up in the air. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you’ll have time to read (or re-read) Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, which follow orphan Lyra, who has a talent for lying and who lives in a parallel universe.
When is His Dark Materials on TV? The series is pencilled in for a 2019 release date on the BBC.
Emma Healey’s novel, about a woman’s search for a missing friend in the face of encroaching dementia, is set be adapted into a 90-minute BBC1 drama. What better time to read the novelist’s bestselling debut?
When is Elizabeth Is Missing on TV? The film will air on BBC1 in 2019.
It’s a good time for Stephen King fans, and the trend continues with the upcoming film adaptation of Pet Sematary. The 1983 novel (said to be the book that scared the author the most) follows a family who find that their new home is close to a local pet cemetery — and an ancient burial ground…
When is Pet Sematary released in cinemas? The film is set for release in April 2019.
What’s the book? It’s no secret that the latest movie changes a major plot point so you’re not spoiling too much but reading the Pet Sematary book before – or after – you’ve seen the Stephen King adaptation.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
Amy Adams and Gary Oldman will star in the film adaptation of AJ Finn’s thriller about a child psychologist who witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours — and must decide whether or not to inform the police.
When is The Woman in the Window released in cinemas? The film will premiere 4th October 2019.
OK, OK, we’ll admit it, this isn’t technically a book, but the classic poetry collection following a ragtag band of cats has already inspired the hit musical Cats. The musical is now set to receive the silver screen treatment later in 2019, with James Corden, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson starring.
When is Cats in cinemas? The film is scheduled for release on 20th December 2019.
The classic coming-of-age story of four sisters growing up in Massachusetts during the American Civil War has been adapted various times (including the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder), but Greta Gerwig seems to have a hit on her hands with her upcoming version starring Emma Watson as Meg.
When is Little Women released in cinemas? The film is due to be released on Christmas Day (25th December) 2019.