Megan Basham

Megan is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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A richer Les Mis

Television | Format allows PBS series to delve deep into Victor Hugo’s famous characters
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/11/19, 01:41 pm

Over the past decade, in the so-called Golden Age of Television, PBS has more than held its own against behemoth streaming services and big networks. It’s scored massive ratings with Downton Abbey, Victoria, and Sherlock, as well as critical acclaim with Broadchurch and Call the Midwife. If the reaction of U.K. critics and audiences is anything to go by, its latest partnership with the BBC, an expansive, glittering adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, seems poised to carry on the winning streak. 

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Disney

Disney disappointment

Movie | Dumbo remake flies far afield from its source material
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/28/19, 03:42 pm

Dumbo was always likely to be the most difficult of Disney’s classic animated films to adapt for live action. The original ugly duckling tale of a little elephant who discovers that his big ears are his biggest asset was a perfectly contained, one-hour delight that even the youngest viewers could follow. Try to expand that to nearly two hours, however, and the story (not to mention little attention spans) starts to stretch thin.  

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The Savior on Earth

Television | Documentary presents a mostly Biblical account of Jesus’ life—but with some liberal chaff offered as fact
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/22/19, 03:17 pm

In 2013, the History Channel scored cable’s most-watched entertainment show with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s miniseries The Bible. The series proved so popular the filmmakers were able to cobble together a successful 2014 film, Son of God, just from select scenes and unaired footage. So it’s no surprise, as Easter approaches, that the network is returning to the subject of Scripture.

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