Wednesday, October 31, 2018

BBC America Gives Series Order to 'The Watch' Based on Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' Novels

BBC America has today given a series order to the original drama series The Watch based on Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.

The drama 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 drama features many famous Discworld creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naive but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Pratchett's iconic characterization of Death.

Simon Allen (The Musketeers) created the drama. He will executive produce with Hilary Salmon, Ben Donald, Rob Wilkins and Phil Collinson. BBC Studios and Narrativia will produce.

"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," said Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager, BBC America. "BBC America embraces what's fresh and exhilarating in TV; we believe The Watch will astonish audiences."