Newsletter - Television News by Wendy

Monday Apr 13 2015

Lots of mysteries being broadcast, or being prepared for broadcast at the moment.

The beginning of April will see the six part series based on Hilary Mantel’s prize winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies on Masterpiece Theatre. This interpretation of the politics of the Court of Henry VIII is different from the popularly accepted version of Sir Thomas More (good guy) and Thomas Cromwell (bad guy). Almost simultaneously the stage production of the two books will be opening in New York. The stage version runs six hours with the intermission, so watching it at home might be a little more comfortable. If you missed the books when they were first released we do have copies of the newly released TV tie in editions in trade paper at $18.95.

HBO will be showing the three part series based on J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. The author was involved in the development of this series and obviously agreed to the changes made to some of the characters and the slightly less tragic ending. When the series was shown in the UK it received generally favourable reviews. The divergence in the reviews was more a reflection of the political leanings of the individual media outlets than the production per se. Julie Mackenzie most recently seen on television in North America as Miss Marple in the series recently shown on the CBC looks very different in her much more glamorous role as Shirley Mollison. The Casual Vacancy is now available in the mass market size at $11.

Unfortunately not available in Canada at the moment, Hallmark Channel is producing a series of movies based on Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series. The first movie, A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, will air on Sunday, May 2nd and is based on the first of the Hannah Swenson novels. The part of Hannah Swenson is played by Alison Sweeney. A TV tie in edition of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, will be available in mass market at $9.99.

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