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Offline OnlyOneHighlander

The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« on: November 01, 2018, 09:25:51 AM »
Exciting times for all citizens of the Big Wahoonie - BBC America has finally put the long awaited City Watch TV show into production!

http://narrativia.com/watch.html

From the press release:

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

Sounds good to me.

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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 09:28:29 AM »
Ooooh!
It might be time for me to read that subset, then - I haven't read any Watch books yet.
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 10:00:15 AM »
They lost me at punk rock.  :P
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2018, 12:46:42 PM »
Ooooh!
It might be time for me to read that subset, then - I haven't read any Watch books yet.

You're in for a treat. They are my favourite. I can't wait to see Sergeant Detritus in the flesh... or in the stone I suppose  ;D
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 12:22:27 AM »
Will it be animated? If so, 2D or 3D?

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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2018, 10:08:53 PM »
It's going to be live action. So let the 'who will play Vimes?' speculation commence!
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2018, 07:03:32 AM »
For me ‘the watch’ was always synonymous with the old London style of policing, I do fancy a gritty British Vimes.  Stephen Dillane (Played Stannis Beratheon - Game of thrones) is too perfect for this role!
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2018, 08:47:03 PM »
For me ‘the watch’ was always synonymous with the old London style of policing, I do fancy a gritty British Vimes.  Stephen Dillane (Played Stannis Beratheon - Game of thrones) is too perfect for this role!

Great suggestion! I could see that.

Recently I thought Mark Bonnar could be good as a leaner Vimes. He's good at being both light and dark.

Or there's always Jason Isaacs.
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2018, 11:19:14 PM »
I could totally see Jason Isaacs doing a good turn as Vimes actually!

For me though it’s all gonna be made or lost on which ‘recently disqualified from the human race’ person plays corporal Nobby Nobbs
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2019, 04:32:27 PM »
I really hope this is good. Stephen Dillane would be a great Vimes, as would Jason Isaacs. I reckon Sean Pertwee could nail it as well. Always pictured Timothy Spall for Fred Colon.
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 12:29:02 AM »
Dominic West for Vimes.
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2019, 02:44:45 AM »
There is an expanded cast list now, and a synopsis.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2019/the-watch-cast-richard-dormer

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The eight-part comedy-drama,that gleefully rips up the genre rulebook, follows several of Terry Pratchett’s best-loved creations on a riotous and emotional odyssey. Richard Dormer will star as Sam Vimes, Captain of The Watch, disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his department’s jurisdiction to almost nothing. Jo Eaton-Kent will play the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Constable Cheery, ostracised by their kin and finding a new home and identity within The Watch. Adam Hugill will play Constable Carrot, the idealistic new recruit, raised by dwarfs, but really a human abandoned at birth. Marama Corlett will play the mysterious Corporal Angua who is tasked with Carrot’s training and keeping the rookie alive. Lara Rossi will play the formidable Lady Sybil Ramkin, last scion of Ankh-Morpork’s nobility who’s trying to fix the city’s wrongs with her chaotic vigilantism. Sam Adewunmi will play the wounded, wronged Carcer Dun, out to hijack destiny itself, take control of the city and exact a terrible revenge on an unjust reality.

There is just so much wrong with all of that - did they even read the books?

Lets start with Sybil, who should be a 40 something plus sized lady and instead they cast a young, thin woman in her place.  And then made her a vigilante?  That is a total 180 degree character change from the books.

And Angua training Carrot?  It was Carrot's arrival that was the catalyst to make the Watch meaningful again and he was the one that trained her after the Watch was up and running again.

Cherry non-binary?  Cherry was out and out female in a society that sorta didn't acknowledge they even existed.   Not acknowledging her gender defeated the whole arc of her character.

And lastly Carcer, described as wronged.  Carcer was an total sociopath who claimed he never did anything wrong and was a victim of police brutality.  Given police relations with the black community, having a black actor in that roll could be problematic if not handled very carefully.

Pratchett's daughter, Rhianna, tweeted after the cast and synopsis was announced, saying she wasn't involved in The Watch, and hadn't been since her dad had died and before the BBC was involved.
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Re: The Watch - new Discworld show goes into production!
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2019, 09:28:48 AM »
I'm so ticked off about the Sybil nonsense. I appreciate that obviously they are making huge changes and shifting things around, but that's not Sybil, it's just not.

I am wildly uncertain about Cherry. I have heard a lot of discussion about the issues, and I appreciate that as a cis woman I'm not really in any position of authority on it. But it seems to me that perhaps a nonbinary actor helps give that "breaks my understanding of gender" that is similar to Cherry wanting to present as female? Maybe? It seems that a trans woman wouldn't be right, as the character isn't trans, but there IS an element of gender-presentation deviation, so... I just don't know. It's a very complicated area.