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The 20 Best TV Shows Based on Books

Wolf Hall: A Marvel of Elegance and Emotion

by Staff | TVLine | March 30, 2023

What do these titles all have in common other than being highly-rated, successful shows? They and many more shows were adapted from bestselling novels within the last decade. Whether you love them or hate them, book-to-TV adaptations are here to stay. The TVLine team felt it was perfect to conjure up a list of the top TV programs based on books. We have rounded up 20 of the best shows from the last decade that were adapted from books:


Hilary Mantel’s historical novels brought new life and urgency to the dusty old story of King Henry VIII, and the BBC adaptation that aired on PBS in 2015 was a marvel of elegance and emotion. Told through the perspective of the king’s righthand man Thomas Cromwell, it turned his delicate handling of the king’s doomed marriage to Anne Boleyn into a riveting thriller. The cast was top-notch, too, with Mark Rylance as Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry and a fiery Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, a year before her breakout role as The Crown‘s Queen Elizabeth II. (Buy the book at Amazon or Walmart).

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