×

We've got news for you.

Register on TimesLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

JENNIFER PLATT | It can never be as good as the book. Except sometimes

A number of TV shows are proving to be the exception to this groaner, among them ‘Sweet Magnolias’ and ‘Bridgerton’

02 March 2022 - 19:33

I picture Agatha Christie turning, twisting, flipping over and cursing in her grave. Her 1937 novel Death on the Nile has been made into a film — produced, directed and starring Kenneth Branagh as the celebrated detective Hercule Poirot — and it’s simply awful. I knew it would be after his lame attempt at Murder on the Orient Express in 2017, though Death has proven to be much worse. To me, Poirot, though he has many faults, is not as unlikeable as Branagh’s portrayal of him. Maybe I just don’t like the actor. But it’s the age-old, tired groaner: the movie can never be as good as the book. This is mostly true, but TV shows are demonstrating they can be the exception. ..

Support the Sunday Times by buying a subscription.

You’ve always trusted us to help you navigate the world. Support the Sunday Times by becoming a premium member for only R80 (digital access) and keep the conversation going. You can cancel anytime.

Already subscribed? Sign in below.

Digital access for only R80



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Register (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

Commenting is subject to our house rules.