This is not a adaptation you’ve seen before.
BBC’s newest attempt to adapt Terry Pratchett’s seminal fantasy series is The Watch, a modernised, slickly stylish take on Pratchett’s City Watch, a subsection of the Discworld universe influenced by noir, cynicism, and procedurals. In short: these misfits are trying to keep the city safe. And they’re going to have a hard time doing it and staying on the right side of morality in the process. In a new photo, the stars gather, giving us our best look yet at just what the show is going to look like.
Lady Ramkin. Captain Vimes. Cheery. Angua. Detritus. Carrot. Meet The City Watch, an unlikely group of misfits who find the guts to save the world.#TheWatch is a new original series from @BBCAMERICA, @bbcstudios, and Showrunner @MrSimonAllen. #CTAM20 https://t.co/fE257FBQQ0 pic.twitter.com/76UukNI4Ds
— BBC America (@BBCAMERICA) August 7, 2020
This is not how I pictured them in the books, but I can’t say I hate it. Meet the whole crew: Lady Ramkin, Captain Vimes, Cheery, Angua, Detritus, Carrot. I’m interested in what the show’s version of Death is going to look like. Hopefully just a creepy cloak; you can’t really beat a creepy personified cloak.
Whether you’re a Discworld-loving sceptic or intrigued by what you see, The Watch is coming, starring Richard Dormer and Lara Rossi, in January 2021.