Sir Terry Pratchett’s legacy lives on. After the very exciting news that his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens, is coming to TV starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm; there is new good news. A TV adaptation of Pratchett’s Discworld is coming to BBC America. It’s called The Watch.
The Watch will focus on aspects of the Discworld series; namely City Watch. According to Deadline, the television version will include City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, Lady Sybil Ramkin, Carrot Ironfoundersson, Angua, Cheri and of course, Death. Casting for the show hasn’t been announced.
Simon Allen (Das Boot, The Musketeers) has written the eight-part first season of the series. BBC America’s President and GM Sarah Barnett commented, “The Watch has been startlingly reimagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humor, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett’s incomparably original work”. And Allen said of the series, “With events in our own world making the insanity of Discworld seem outrageously familiar, there couldn’t be a better time to bring Terry’s fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC America.”
All parties seem pleased. And, fans certainly should be. We’ll keep you updated on all things The Watch, as they come in.