I'm sad that 'Case Histories' has finished. It's probably the only series of book adaptations, that I have felt stayed true to the original texts.
The last two programmes, a two part adaptation of Kate Atkinson's novel 'When Will There Be good News?' features private investigator Jackson Brodie, involved in a train accident and saved from the brink of death by teenage babysitter Reggie. As the plot develops, Reggie employs Jackson to investigate the disappearance of her employeer Joanna Hunter and the baby that Reggie cares for. Also throughout, Jackson continues to deal with his daughter Marlee living on the other side of the world and the complications of his love life.
In my other reviews (which you can find here, here and here), I previously talked about how well made this series is and also the success of the casting. However something that has struck me all of the way through this series, is that it's not only the main cast that should be praised, but also the smaller characters too.
I particularly liked Jackson's secretary Deborah (played by Zawe Ashton). Although I don't think that she is predominate in the 'Jackson Brodie' series of novels, I think that her sharp wit and no nonsense attitude, plays brilliantly against Jackson's sarcasm and dry humour. She tries to keep Jackson organized, both in his working and private life and I think Jackson and Deborah, make a great team.
Also I thought that the producers made great choices, when casting the younger characters within this series.
As I have said before, I think that the young actress who plays Marlee called Millie Innes, is wonderful. There is a tenderness with Marlee and Jackson's relationship and Innes brings a maturity to the role, which then helps Jackson to see sense in certain situations. I think if the producers of this series hadn't got Jackson and Marlee's relationship right, I think that this would have been a major flaw within the series. This is because in the books, their relationship plays a large part, in how Jackson lives his life.
Within 'When Will There Be Good News?' the part of teenager Reggie, played by actress Gwyneth Keyworth, is a key character within the story and I thought that she was excellent. Due to the fact that Marlee is away in New Zealand, Reggie fills some of the void that Jackson's daughter has left. Jackson takes Reggie under his wing and together, they have a good relationship. It is slightly different to the one that Jackson has with his daughter, but still full of humour and affection.
I have really enjoyed 'Case Histories' and I think that 'When Will There Be Good News?' has been the best adaptation, of the whole series. I look forward to the possibility of more Kate Atkinson adaptations on the BBC, in the future.
Have you seen this series? What was your overall opinion? What other novels would you like to see adapted for television or the big screen?