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Four Books to Watch this Month: April #Book2movies

Here comes the beautiful month of April and with it some of the screen adaptations we’ve been waiting for. And one we have to keep waiting for! I’m entirely fed up that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is opening in the UK on April 20th—on the big screen, mind you—followed by a spate of openings around the world but still no date for us here in the states, where it seems it’s going straight to Netflix ala Mudbound. So frustrating! But here in LA anyway, Mudbound Netflix distributed both in theaters and on their small screen platform so there's hope for the big screen fans. First up, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child in Time based on the book by Ian McEwan.

April 1: The Child in Time

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald star as parents torn apart with grief when their three year old daughter Kate is stolen from her father's shopping cart. The book by Ian McEwan won the Whitbread Prize when it was published in 1987 I found the semi-dystopian setting a distraction. You can watch the trailer and see what I thought of the book The Child in Time here

April 1: Ordeal by Innocence (UK/BBC)

No word yet on when the series based on the book by Agatha Christie airs here in the US on Amazon but it should follow on the heels of the BBC production. It's a wonder it's airing at all, beset as it was by sexual allegations against Ed Westwick. His part was recast and reshot in less than 2 weeks with Christian Cooke in the part of Mickey Argyll. The cast includes Morven Christie, Bill Nighy, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ella Purnell, Luke Treadaway, Crystal Clarke & Matthew Goode in the key role of Philip Durant. Why isn't he on this poster?? Read more about Ordeal by Innocence here

April 19: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Based on the best selling book by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, I'm expecting a Netflix air date any day now. The long awaited story of a writer penning a book about the islanders living under German occupation during WWII stars Lily James as Juliet with Michael (Game of Thrones) Huisman as Dawsey Adams, the pig farmer. Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay & Katherine Parkinson also star in the Mike Newell directed film. Watch the trailer and read more about The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society here

April 25: The Handmaid’s Tale/Season 2
“The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. ‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against — or succumb to — this dark truth.” Watch the trailer for The Handmaid's Tale here.