This week we see Spooks: The Greater Good hit the big screen and it is the first time that the hit television show has been given a movie makeover.

Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks: The Greater Good

While you don't have to have seen the show to thoroughly enjoy the action packed film, there are some great nods to the hit TV series that fans of the show will enjoy - it is great to see Peter Firth back as Harry Pearce and Bharat Nalluri in the director's chair.

We take a look at some of the television series that have gone on to be adapted for the big screen and enjoy huge success.

- Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible is one of the most recognisable film franchises and it was the movie that really did help cement Tom Cruise as a major action hero. And yet, Mission: Impossible began life as a television series.

Created by Bruce Geller, Mission: Impossible first hit television screens back in 1966 and ran for seven seasons up to 1973. Steven Hill took on the central role of Dan Briggs in the first season, while Peter Graves led the cast as Jim Phelps for the remaining six.

The series follows the exploits of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force - IMF. The television was a huge success during the sixties and seventies and came to the big screen for the first time in 1996.

Cruise took on the central role of Ethan Hunt, while Brian De Palma was in the director's chair. Mission: Impossible will celebrate its twentieth anniversary next year and in that time we have seen three further films hit the big screen: Mission: Impossible II (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).

Ghost Protocol is currently the highest grossing film in the series so far, but Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation could surpass that this summer. Rogue Nation is the fifth film in the franchise and sees Cruise back as Hunt, while Christopher McQuarrie is in the director's chair.

Mission: Impossible

- The Untouchables

When you think of The Untouchables, you think of the 1987 movie starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery... but it actually started life as a television series.

The Untouchables is based on the memoir of the same name by Elliot Ness and Oscar Fraley that explored Ness' experiences as a Prohibition agent in Chicago in the 1930s.

Before Brian De Palma turned the book in the hit film that we all know, it was adapted for the small screen in 1959 and ran until 1963 - a total of four series and 118 episodes. Robert Stack took on the role of Ness and was joined on the cast list by Abel Fernandez, Nick Georgiade, Paul Picerni, Steve London, and Neville Brand as Al Capone.

The Untouchables was a landmark television series as it was really the first time that a show had introduced the idea of a group of people fighting - over the years, we have seen more and more shows follow in these footsteps.

In 1987, The Untouchables came to the big screen with De Palma in the director's chair with Costner and Connery joined on the cast list by Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, and Patricia Clarkson.

The Untouchables is widely regarded as one of the greatest gangster movies of all time - it was nominated for four Oscars winning one; Best Supporting Actor for Connery.

The Untouchables

- Charlie's Angels

Long before Charlie's Angels came to the big screen it was a hugely successful television series by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. It was one of the most popular series of the late seventies and ran for five seasons and a total of 110 episodes.

Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith were the original angels as they took on the roles of Sabrina Duncan, Jill Munroe, and Kelly Garrett, while David Doyle was Bosley and John Forsythe lent his voice to the character of Charlie Townsend. Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts were later added to the main cast list.

Charlie's Angels remains one of the most iconic television series and it still has a cult following today through home release.

In 2000 Charlie's Angels was brought to the big screen by director McG - rather than be set in the same time period like the Starsky and Hutch movie, Charlie's Angels was set in the modern world to give the film its own identity.

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu took on the central roles of Natalie Cook, Dylan Sanders, and Alex Munday, while Bill Murray was on board as Bosley. The movie was a commercial success when it was released in 2000, and went on to gross in excess of $264 million at the global box office.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle followed three years later and struggled with the critics. While the film did gross $259 million worldwide, this was the last time we saw Charlie's Angels on the big screen.

Charlie's Angels

- 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street was the television series that kicked of Johnny Depp's acting career and turned him into a major teen pinup.

Created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell, 21 Jump Street followed police officers as they investigated crimes at high schools and colleges. Depp took on the role of Tom Hanson, while Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen, and Holly Robinson were also on board.

21 Jump Street was a huge hit when it hit TV screens and was one of the shows that helped to launch the new Fox Network - it also sent Depp's star rocketing. Depp and DeLuise stayed with the show from 1987 - 1990, but 21 Jump Street ran for five seasons and 103 episodes.

In 2012, 21 Jump Street was brought to the big screen by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and saw Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the central roles of Jenko and Schmidt.

Tatum and Hill proved to be a great comedy team while Lord and Miller mixed the right level of comedy with some great action moments. Watch out for Depp and DeLuise as they reprise their roles of Hanson and Penhall towards the end of the film.

21 Jump Street was both a critical and commercial hit - in my opinion, it was one of the best comedy movies to hit the big screen that year. Last summer Tatum and Hill returned for 22 Jump Street and a third film is a possibility.

21 Jump Street

- Star Trek

Star Trek is one of the greatest television series of all time. Created by Gene Roddenberry The Original Series aired back in 1966 but it is as popular today as it was back then.

Over the years, we have seen spin off series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager hit the small screen. However, it is the original characters of Kirk and Spock - played by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy that remain the most iconic and the most loved.

Shatner and Nimoy played the characters of Kirk and Spock on both the big and small screen over the years with six movies from 1979 to 1991 - The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, and The Search for Spock being amongst the most popular.

Star Trek Next Generation also enjoyed a series of films from 1994 to 2002 Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis with Patrick Stewart starring as Picard.

The Star Trek film franchise was given a reboot in 2009 as we were taken back to the early years of the Enterprise and its crew - which included Kirk and Spock; this time played by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. The movie was directed by J.J. Abrams and brought Star Trek to a new generation of filmgoers.

Star Trek was a critical success back in 2009 and should have done better at the box office than the $385 million that it grossed. Pine, Quinto, and Abrams returned in 2013 with Star Trek Into Darkness, which enjoyed more success at the box office.

Star Trek

- The Fugitive

The Fugitive hit the big screen back in 1993 and follows Harrison Ford on the run after being accused of a murder that he didn't commit. However, The Fugitive was based on the hit television series of the sixties.

The series was created by Roy Huggins and came to the small screen for the first time back in 1963 - it ran until 1967 with a total of four series and 120 episodes.

David Janssen took on the central role of Richard Kimble, who is accused of murdering his wife and sentenced to the death penalty. When his train derails, allowing him to escape, Kimble sets to clear his name and find the real killer.

It was in 1993 when The Fugitive came to the big screen with Ford taking over from Janssen in the role of Kimble. Andrew Davis was in the director's chair for the film.

The Fugitive was a massive box office success - taking over $368 million and held the #1 spot at the U.S box office for six weeks.

The movie went on to be nominated for seven Oscars - including Best Picture. The movie won on as Tommy Lee Jones scooped the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role as Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard.

The Fugitive

Other great TV shows that have been adapted for the big screen include Sex and the City, The Simpsons, South Park, Naked Gun and The X-Files.

Spooks: The Greater Good is released 8th May.


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