So with This Is England '88 airing next week, and a raft of movie-to-TV adaptations currently in development in the US (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Nanny Diaries and Romancing The Stone among them), there was only one possible choice for Friday Fiver this week.
But what made our list of the best TV-shows-that-started-as-movies? Read on to find out, then let us know if you agree!
This Is England
Well, this obviously had to be on the list. This Is England was a marvellous film, and director Shane Meadows has revealed that the characters are all so rounded because they're based on people he knew growing up. But there isn't much time in a movie, so expanding everything in a TV series was a brilliant move.
While the film was pretty much all about Shaun (the excellent Thomas Turgoose), it's clear that Lol (Vicky McClure) and Woody (Joe Gilgun) are the big stars on television. But we find out more about everyone. Take, for example, Michael Socha, who had all of three minutes in the movie as Harvey the bully, but became a much bigger part of the TV show. This is how adaptations should be done.
Watch a clip from This Is England '86 below:
Friday Night Lights
We know we go on about Friday Night Lights here at Tube Talk, but it's an excellent example of how movies can become brilliant television shows. The 2004 film starred Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a high school football team and was critically acclaimed, but just two years later NBC popped out the TV adaptation and it became a cult hit.
The television adaptation of Friday Night Lights makes the most of its medium - the stories are slow burners and there was time to properly explore the characters (and Connie Britton, who starred in the movie, returned for the TV show. Thank goodness.) We're still mourning the end of FNL, which became a genuinely wonderful show in its own right - clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!
Watch a clip from the Friday Night Lights pilot below:
Seems executive producer Jason Katims has a thing about turning movies into TV shows! After working on the brilliant Friday Night Lights, he turned his attention to Parenthood, a 1989 film starring Steve Martin. Actually, TV bosses had already tried to make Parenthood into a film in the early '90s, but the more recent NBC adaptation is the winner.
But why? Well, once again the show makes the most of its extra time to help us get to know all the characters. It's surprisingly warm, funny and emotional - the sort of programme that always makes you feel a glow after watching. And the chemistry between the brilliant cast is wonderful, too - they feel like a family. Whether it's parents struggling to cope after hearing their child has Asperger's syndrome or young adults trying to deal with the fact that their mum and dad are having problems, there's something for everyone to relate to.
Watch a trailer for Parenthood below:
M*A*S*H has become such an iconic television show that it's sometimes hard to believe that it was actually a movie first. But it was, and a very good film at that. It's just as well that fans weren't disappointed when it made the move to the small screen.
In fact, America - and other audiences - took the show to their hearts and fell for Hawkeye and Hot Lips. It's frequently named one of the best television shows of all time, too. And if you're under any doubt as to just how popular it really was, reports from the time estimate that 125 million people tuned in to watch the final episode. Brilliant television - and particularly poignant at the moment following the sad death of cast member Harry Morgan this week.
Watch a clip from M*A*S*H below:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Yes, it was a film first! Back in 1992, a movie starring Kristy Swanson - and penned by a certain Joss Whedon - about a young vampire-slayer was released into the world. Unfortunately, it was not exactly well received (not even by Whedon, who was apparently a little unhappy with the changes made to his script).
Luckily, someone must have seen potential in it because Whedon was given a second chance and asked to make a TV show. Out went Kristy, and in came Sarah Michelle Gellar. And thank goodness, because Buffy ended up becoming one of television's best-loved series. Dark, twisty and always entertaining, Buffy the TV show became a proper, deserving cult hit.
Watch a trailer for the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer below:
What's your favourite movie-to-television adaptation? Leave your comments below!