Sky1 is rapidly becoming the channel to go to for Terry Pratchett fans. The channel ploughed its budget into Hogfather and The Colour Of Magic, two relatively ok adaptations of TP’s Discworld novels. Now the channel, which, it has to be said, is starting to produce some half-decent, homegrown HD drama, has announced its third Discworld adaptation. I’m not a huge Pratchett fan myself and I’m particularly immersed in Pratchett fan culture, but I’m guessing the fans will be massively excited that Going Postal, the most popular Discworld novel of them all.
Sky1’s adaptation will be a two-part series (each ep will be a film-lengthtastic an hour and a half long), and there’s a big and decent cast too. Richard Coyle (Coupling) will play Moist Von Lipwig, David Suchet will play Reacher Guilt, Charles Dance is Lord Vetinari, Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) is Adora Belle Dearheart, Steve Pemberton pops up as Drumknott, Andrew Sachs will play Groat and Tamsin Greig is Miss Cripslock.
That’s a pretty good cast in anyone’s book, not just Pratchett’s.
This is what the Sky1 people say about it:
“Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Coyle) and the beautiful, vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart (Foy). A life long travelling con-artist, Lipwig’s crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork. Faced with death by hanging, Lipwig is spared by Lord Vetinari (Dance), who sees him as the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office. Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt (Suchet), owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig’s first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affections…little knowing the part he has played in her family’s downfall.”
Look out for it at Easter in 2010.