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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on BritBox

Finding a good Based on Books movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based on Books movies and TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.

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1. Pride and Prejudice

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85/100
Year: 1995-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu & BritBox). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Agatha Christie's Poirot

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74/100
Year: 1989-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 13
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Where to Watch: 72 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox, Hoopla & AcornTV). 72 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. Evil Under the Sun

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74/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Sherlock Holmes

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70/100
Year: 1984-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), collectively known as Sherlock Holmes, are a series of adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories which were produced by Granada Television and originally broadcast by ITV in the United Kingdom. The series starred Jeremy Brett as Holmes and David Burke (in the Adventures series) and Edward Hardwicke (Return, Case-Book, Memoirs) as Dr. Watson. The programme adapted 42 of the original stories in 41 episodes, with 36 running for 50 minutes (in a one-hour timeslot), and five being feature-length specials.Adventures ran for two series totalling 13 episodes, from April to June 1984 and August to September 1985. Return ran for two series from July to August 1986 and April to August 1988, as well as the specials "The Sign of Four" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles", which aired on 29 December 1987 and 31 August 1988 respectively. Case-Book ran for one series from February to March 1991 and three specials which aired on 2 January 1992 and 27 January and 3 February 1993. Memoirs ran for one series from March to April 1994. A short episode was also produced as part of "The Four Oaks Mystery" which aired during the ITV Telethon in 1992. Sherlock Holmes appeared in the first part, with the casts of Van der Valk, Taggart and Inspector Wexford appearing in the second, third and fourth parts respectively.

Where to Watch: 27 episodes (60%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 13 episodes (29%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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5. Jane Eyre

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68/100
Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Charlotte Bronte's classic about an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess in a gloomy manor in Yorkshire, where she falls in love with the mysterious Edward Rochester.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu & BritBox). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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6. Agatha Christie's Marple

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Year: 2004-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The adventures of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster living in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages, Miss Marple often stumbles upon mysterious murders which she helps solve. Although the police are sometimes reluctant to accept Miss Marple's help, her reputation and unparalleled powers of observation eventually win them over.

Where to Watch: 23 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 23 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, BritBox, Hoopla & 1 other). 23 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $6.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Inspector Morse

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Year: 1987-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and actresses.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (51%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 34 episodes (62%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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8. Tipping the Velvet

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62/100
Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A tempestuous tale of love and life as a naïve girl discovers both romance and pain in the hidden, decadent world of bohemian London in the 1890s. Nan Astley embarks on a voyage of emotional and sexual discovery with Kitty Butler, a music hall male impersonator.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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9. A Touch of Frost

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Year: 1992-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 15
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A Touch of Frost is a detective drama series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV from 1992 until 2010, initially based on the Frost novels by R.D. Wingfield. Writing credit for the three episodes in the first 1992 series went to Richard Harris, with screenplays credited to Wingfield. It stars David Jason as Detective Inspector William Edward "Jack" Frost, an experienced and dedicated detective who frequently clashes with his superiors. In his cases, Frost is assisted by a variety of different detective sergeants, with each bringing a different slant to the particular case. Comic relief is provided by Frost's interactions with the bureaucratically minded Superintendent Norman Mullett, played by Bruce Alexander.A number of young actors had their major debut as supporting cast in the show, including Matt Bardock, Ben Daniels, Neil Stuke, Nathaniel Parker, Mark Letheren, Colin Buchanan, Jason Maza, Damian Lewis and Marc Warren.

Where to Watch: 42 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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10. Great Expectations

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Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: The life of an orphan is changed by the providential intervention of a mysterious benefactor.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 2 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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11. Doctor Zhivago

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59/100
Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Doctor Zhivago is a 2002 British television miniseries directed by Giacomo Campiotti and starring Hans Matheson, Keira Knightley and Sam Neill. The teleplay by Andrew Davies is based on the 1957 novel of the same title by Boris Pasternak.The serial is the second English-language screen adaptation of the book, following the 1965 feature film. It was produced by Granada Television, with co-funding from the American PBS station WGBH Boston and the German company Evision. It was first broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom, beginning on 24 November 2002. In the United States, it aired as part of Masterpiece Theatre on 2 and 9 November 2003.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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12. The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

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Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Crime, Drama

What it's about: DS Barbara Havers is assigned to work with the upper-crust DI Thomas Lynley to solve murders.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla). 17 episodes (63%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Small Island

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Year: 2009-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Follow three intricately connected stories of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World War Two. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as we trace the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla).

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14. Oliver Twist

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Year: 2007-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Oliver is born into poverty and misfortune - the son of an unmarried mother, who dies shortly after his birth. He is soon delivered to the workhouse, where the cruel Mr. Bumble oversees children tormented by starvation and suffering. When Oliver dares to ask for more gruel, he finds himself cast out and forced to make his own way in the world...

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).

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15. Rebus

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Year: 2000-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Rebus is the title of the detective drama TV series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin set in and around Edinburgh. The series was produced by STV Productions for the ITV network. Four seasons have been aired; series 1 starred John Hannah and was made for STV by his own production company, Clerkenwell Films. A new cast featuring Ken Stott as DI John Rebus was introduced for the second and subsequent series.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & AcornTV).

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16. Bleak House

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Year: 1985-2020Seasons: 2
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Bleak House is BBC television drama first broadcast in 1985. The serial was adapted by Arthur Hopcraft from Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House and it was the second adaptation by the BBC.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & BritBox). 9 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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17. The Ice House

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Year: 1997-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A corpse is found in an ice house ten years after Phoebe's husband went missing. The police seem determined to accuse Phoebe, to the delight of the villagers.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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18. Mr. Stink

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Released: 2012Rated: G
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: This family comedy based on David Walliam's best-selling book tells the story of Chloe, who sees Mr. Stink every day, but has never spoken to him. Before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed. As it turns out that there is more to Mr. Stink than meets the eye ... or nose.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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19. The Moonstone

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Charismatic adventurer Franklin Blake is on the most important quest of his life - to solve the disappearance of the priceless Moonstone and win back Rachel Verinder, his one true love.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla). 5 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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20. Billionaire Boy

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Released: 2016
Family, Drama

What it's about: The story of Len, who made a billion dollars from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12-year-old son Joe who appears to have everything he could want but what he really needs is a friend.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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21. The Secret Adversary

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Released: 1983Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: After a chance meeting and an indiscreet conversation, childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley become involved in a convoluted intrigue led by a mysterious man known simply as Mr. Brown.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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