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Discworld’s The Watch is getting a BBC series


Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen’s Good Omens is currently being turned into a TV show.

It now looks like there will be a new Discworld show also heading our way. There have been a few adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, but they’ve never quite clicked. However, this new show is currently being called The Watch. That sounds like it will be based on the stories that began in Guards! Guards! that followed the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. This force is run by Sam Vimes, a cynical, working-class street cop. It had great characters and as it is basically a police procedural it should work very well on the small screen.

BBC Studios is developing a six-part series. According to Deadline, Simon Allen, who has written series including Strike Back, The Musketeers and Sky’s forthcoming reboot of Das Boot, is writing the series.

This TV has been off and on for many years now, but it seems like things are finally moving forward.

BBC Studios is looking to set up the show as a returnable franchise. No broadcasters are currently attached but the production arm of the British public broadcaster, which is now free to sell to all third-party broadcasters, is eyeing the adaptation as a major international co-production. It is co-producing the series with Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett in 2012 and now run with Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna and his former business manager Rob Wilkins. The series is being exec produced by BBC Studios’ Head of Drama London Hilary Salmon, who has worked on series such as Luther and Silent Witness.

UPDATE: It looks like things may not be as clear cut as thought as Rhianna Pratchett has posted this on Twitter:

Looks like we will have to wait and see.

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