John Christopher's Tripod series (The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire) was one of my childhood favorites, so I eagerly watched the 1984-85 British TV series when it appeared on PBS, part of the British invasion that also included Doctor Who, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Tomorrow People, and The Prisoner).
But the differences were depressing.
There is an extraordinary amount of beefcake, but the heterosexism is rapant.
In the book, Will briefly considers staying at the Chateau Ricordeau in France, where everyone is very nice to him -- he could have a "normal" life instead of always running. He meets a girl named Eloise, but they are just friends. In the novel, Will falls in love with Eloise and decides to marry her. There's an entire romantic plotline.
In the book, Will infiltrates one of the tripod cities, along with his German friend Fritz. They have an intense, passionate, homoromantic friendship. But in the tv series, they are coworkers and acquaintances, nothing more.
None of the principal actors has continued in show business. Today John Shackley and his wife live in Chile, where he works in hotel management.