Terry Pratchett’s The Watch novels to be adapted on TV

The Watch DiscworldThe BBC is developing The Watch, a television adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels focusing on the members of the Ankh-Morpork police department.

According to a report on Deadline, BBC studios is currently developing a six-part series based on the City Watch novels from the Discworld series. According to The Guardian, screenwriter and producer Simon Allen (Strike Back, The Musketeers, and the upcoming reboot of Das Boot) is said to be involved in the project, as well as BBC Sutdios’ Head of Drama London, Hilary Salmon (Luther, Silent Witness).

Discworld is a fictional fantastic realm on a disc balanced on the backs of four elephants who are all standing on the back of a giant turtle. Terry Pratchett wrote 41 novels in this world, eight of which feature the adventures of the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork. These novels are: Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud!, and Snuff.

Hogfather DiscworldThe Watch is comprised of a motley crew of characters and mythical creatures including werewolves, trolls, dwarves, and zombies. This department is led by “the gruff but tenacious” Sam Vimes. The show is reported to be a “Pratchett-style CSI” or “CSI: Ankh-Morpork,” since it will combine the elements of a police procedural with more magical and fantastical aspects from Discworld.

Many of Pratchett’s works have been already adapted for TV, film, and radio, including the animated series Wyrd Sisters (1997) and Soul Music (1997), and live-action miniseries Hogfather (2006), The Colour of Magic (2008), and Going Postal (2010). The most recent adaptation is that of Good Omens, a novel Pratchett co-authored with Neil Gaiman. Good Omens stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen in the lead roles of Aziraphale and Crowley. It is set to launch on Amazon Prime in 2019 and then be shown on BBC Two at a later date.

Watch this space for more news on The Watch.