According to BBC America, “The Watch is a punk rock thriller inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of “Discworld” novels. This disruptive, character-driven thriller centers on Terry Pratchett’s misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest. Modern and inclusive, The Watch features many famous “Discworld” creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Terry Pratchett’s iconic characterization of Death.”
Hugill has been cast as the aforementioned Carrot Ironfoundersson. The ‘naive but heroic’ Carrot was adopted by dwarves after his human parents died. During his childhood, his dwarf name was Kzad-bhat, he worked in the mines and he believed he was a dwarf. He was shocked to find out he was actually human. As a teenager, his adoptive father suggests he go live with humans. He gets a job with the City Watch. In the novels, he is described as “six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders.”
The Discworld novels take place on a flat planet which is balanced on the backs of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle. It will be really fun to see how much of the physicality of this world we will see on The Watch!
Simon Allen is the writer behind the eight-part series. The Watch is being co-produced by BBC America and the late author’s production company Narrativia.
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