Several adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s beloved works were announced at a memorial service for the writer last year, including a six-part adaptation of Good Omens, penned by Pratchett’s co-author Neil Gaiman. But now we have a time(frame) and a place: It’s coming to Amazon Prime and the BBC next year.
Amazon has just announced that the series, being co-developed with the BBC, will also have Gaiman as a showrunner. It will air globally on Amazon Prime Video in 2018, but will be followed shortly after by a broadcast debut on the BBC in the UK. As well as showrunning and writing the series, Gaiman will be joined by former Doctor Who producer Caroline Skinner, Fleabag‘s Chris Sussman, Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown as executive producers.
No other details about the series so far have been confirmed — other than it’s an adaptation of Pratchett and Gaiman’s 1990 classic about a chill angel and an earth-loving demon coming together in an attempt to prevent the impending apocalypse, which, as foretold in The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, is coming “next Saturday, just before dinner”.
But since the book is one of Pratchett and Gaiman’s best works, that’s all we need to know — especially considering this is coming after years of attempts to bring Good Omens to life beyond the page. 2014’s BBC Radio adaptation was only the first ever official dramatisation of the book, so clearly adapting one of Gaiman and Pratchett’s most beloved works is a daunting task for everyone involved — even if Gaiman himself is one of those people. Besides, who couldn’t use a good omen nowadays?