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Terry Pratchett’s The Watch To Air On BBC In January 2021

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BY August 11, 2020

The late Terry Pratchett is finding new life in several adaptations that are currently in the works. Last year we reported on an adaptation from the BBC of several Pratchett novels into The Watch. Now the BBC has announced a premiere date for the series. The Watch will air on the BBC in January of 2021. Let’s take a look at what else we know about the upcoming Terry Pratchett adaptation.

The Watch Is A Modern and Inclusive Fantasy Series For The BBC

The Watch is about “an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls; werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it.

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Based on several of Pratchett’s Discworld novels, including Men at Arms; Guards GuardsThe Fifth Elephant, and Thud! The new BBC series revolves around the character of Commander Vimes (played by Richard Dormer of Game of Thrones fame). He is joined by his crew in the City Watch as they attempt to maintain order in the notoriously chaotic city of Ankh-Morpork. And occasionally they end up saving the world.

The Watch Pratchett BBC Image via BBC

The BBC says that The Watch is set to be “modern and inclusive.” This has certainly set some fans to grumbling about forced diversity. Even though one of the characters is actually written as a gender-queer dwarf. Others have complained about the show diverging from the source material. This has led some (such as Pratchett’s daughter) to say the show is ‘inspired’ by Pratchett and not a direct adaptation. But never fear, there is another upcoming Discworld series in the works at the BBC. That adaptation promises to be ‘absolutely faithful’ and authentic to the source material.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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