I loved the Clacks intro Scene in the TV adaptation too Roland, especially the very beginning when the little old lady wants to send that clacks message and the clacksman sends it off through the system! You see all the little inner workings and workmen pulling levers to translate the message through the Grand Semaphore! And all the shutters opening and closing and mechanisms whirring etc etc
Its just as I imagined the clax system to be!!
Mixa, even though the tv adaptation does have its flaws and dosent follow the book to the exact letter (pardon the pun!), its worth watching it IF ONLY to see the Clax towers in operation!
Yes, to not to be misunderstood: From a craftmanship's point of view it actually is a rather good movie. First to mention the clack's an particulary this sequence. I have to admit my inner picture of the clacks has been more like the actual semaphore systems as described in several naval fiction novels but as I watched the clacks operating in the movie I really get baffled, it is a view ... wow! Nevertheless the plot seems to be changed to follow a special kind of Dramaturgyvium which you apparently can't avoid in modern movies (some examples mentioned above) and those regularly get on my nerves.
But you are right, the clacks watching in operation is a visual pleasure in itself.
Favourite part of the book ... uh, there a many little scenes which I really love, for example the big red eye in the crystall ball (first I was laughing because of the reference ... one second later I was laughing as I understood to whom this eye belongs
), but a real big text passage ... first I remember perhaps is the fire in the post office, or rather: You have rescued the people, but this doesn't matter, what matter is the cat, you has to rescue the cat!
Or, ah, yes, a second part I also like very much: When Moist meets Gilt and he exactly can detect that he is also only is the same little crook and even tells it to the people who nevertheless get blinded (he is a pirate, he even has got a parrot!). And yes, of course, this "welcome to government service" passage, too.
Generally I like these observations of people's nature in the novels ... you recognize them again and again on roundworld.