The Watch (Discworld)


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Just noticed that BBC is developing a TV series called The Watch, based on the Discworld books.

Also a mini-series based on Good Omens.

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Is there anyone else who gets depressed that TV and film companies spend so much time churning out remakes of books.

I've already read the books and they are excellent. I don't really see the need for a TV/film version.

Why can't we have some original stuff instead?


Actually, last I heard, The Watch is brand new content. OK so we know the city and the names of some of the characters, but it's new adventures.

Good Omens I'll admit I'm a bit 'meh' about but generally speaking I've no objection to adapting books if done justice.

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Mark

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This is relevant to my interests.

Any idea who's playing Vimes and Vetinari?

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I think they're just starting casting, so no news yet.


I've heard conflicting reports on the adaptation/new stuff approach. The earliest reports were that the series would start with 3 or 4 episodes adapting GUARDS! GUARDS! and then have some new storylines, then an adaptation of MEN AT ARMS, then some new stuff, then FEET OF CLAY and basically continue like that across several seasons until the books were out of the way and they'd be onto all-new material (this also makes sense as in British TV it's common for actors to get bored a lot faster than in the USA, so by 3-4 seasons in we'd likely be seeing the guy playing Vimes wanting to leave or reduce his appearances, which would match Vimes's day-to-day role in the Watch gradually lessening over the course of the books).

More recently however they seem to be suggesting it'll all be 100% new material from the off, so it seems this is still being decided.

Apparently there's been some 'huge' casting scoops, but they're not allowed to announce them yet.

Rhianna Pratchett (Terry's daughter and a noted writer of computer games) is on board to write and produce as well.


The made for TV movies they did were rather good. I'd like to see this TV show

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rpgsavant wrote:
The made for TV movies they did were rather good. I'd like to see this TV show

They were a pale, pathetic imitation of fine novels. They lacked the rhythm, melody, invention, hunour and pathos of the original works. Pratchett is far more a wordsmith than a plotter.


GeraintElberion wrote:
rpgsavant wrote:
The made for TV movies they did were rather good. I'd like to see this TV show
They were a pale, pathetic imitation of fine novels. They lacked the rhythm, melody, invention, hunour and pathos of the original works. Pratchett is far more a wordsmith than a plotter.

Well, "Going Postal", the most recent one, was pretty good, and "Hogfather" had some inspired casting.


The Hogfather movie was damn good. Haven't seen Going Postal but considering how much I enjoyed the book I may have to watch it.

The adaptation of Colour of Magic though? Hoo boy that was bad. Though the first two were always meh at best in my opinion.

These series' sound interesting too though.

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And it's official, 6 years later.

8 hour long episodes, and not much more information other than a list of characters who will be included (but certainly not all of them). Fingers crossed that CMOT Dibbler will be in it.


If there is no CMOT Dibbler in it, then clearly BBC is doing it wrong.


Well... The Patrician has been cast, along with several others
I'll admit Anna Chancellor is not the first person to pop into my head for the part but then mentally I've always looked to Kidby's art for the characters.

Still, more than willing to see how she handles the part.


I don't suppose you could supply us with a link, Grey?


Thomas Seitz wrote:
I don't suppose you could supply us with a link, Grey?

sure thing

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