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Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels being re-imagined into TV series The Watch


Story by Jack Foley

SIR Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is being re-imagined into a TV series by BBC America.

The Watch, which will be based on the author’s Discworld novels that have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, is being described as a punk rock thriller inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of Discworld novels.

The character-driven thriller will reportedly focus on misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness from both the past and future in a perilous quest.

The series will feature 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 nonbinary forensics expert Cheery.

The Watch was commissioned for BBC America by president and GM Sarah Barnett and Nena Rodrigue, executive vp of original programming, acquisitions and production.

Barnett commented: “The Watch has been startlingly re-imagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humour, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett’s incomparably original work. BBC America embraces what’s fresh and exhilarating in TV… we believe The Watch will astonish audiences.”

Allen added: “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.

“I’m grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey.”

The Watch, which will be comprised of eight hour-long episodes, joins the channel’s other scripted series, including Killing Eve, Doctor Who and Luther.