Following the overwhelmingly positive reception of Good Omens, the BBC are naturally looking for more Terry Pratchett properties for big budget (relatively, this is the Beeb we’re talking about) adaptations. Their proposed rework of Discworld favourite Guards! Guards! already boasts a stellar cast of law enforcers. Today, they announced a new selection of talent joining the production, this time in villainous roles.
The series, titled The Watch, takes place in the corrupt city of Ankh-Morpork. It features a valiant group of semi-hapless guardsmen fighting to maintain order in a city that has legalised crime.
Facing our heroes will be the manipulative Lord Vetinari, ruler of the vice-ridden city, played by Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor. Ingrid Oliver, who fans may recognise from Doctor Who, will be playing the intimidating leader of the city’s guild of assassins, Dr. Cruces. Outlander’s James Fleet will be playing the Archchancellor of the Unseen University, the venerable institution that produces all of the city’s wizards.
Career informant and fan favourite Throat will be played by Ruth Madely. Bianca Simone Mannie will play the scheming wizard Wonse, an ambitious magic user with an eye for the throne. Finally, Hakeem Kae-Kazim has been cast as Sam Vines’ (Richard Dormer) old mentor John Keel, ex-leader of the night watch.
This new announcement is just further proof that the BBC adaptation intends to do justice to the breadth and ambition of Terry Pratchett’s storytelling. We look forward to seeing the end result.