Hey I'm new to the forum, and as an avid Pratchett fan, I should have probably registered many many moons ago, but hey ho. Now I'm probably going to be shouted at for my comments... a lot... but I feel I need to say my piece so here goes. If you've NOT watched this OR read Making Money DON'T read this as there is a little spoiler at the end!!!
I watched this when fist aired and was expecting great things of it after feeling rather disappointed with the COM adaptation (although the gripes I have with that can be largely rationalised with merging 2 novels into one film), however it would appear that this adaptation had no real interest in remaining true to the original novel, other than in name and the very broadest of scopes.
I understand that any screen adaptation requires large concessions to be made as a "true" screen version would be 10 or more hours of film (which would press even the largest and hardiest of bladders), but so much of the original storyline and plot structure has been chopped and /or changed a viewer could, if not for the name and characters, be forgiven for mistaking this for a completely separate production.
Most of the casting was done well, with some exceptions... has Richard Coyle ever read the novel, where on the Disc was Moist's people skills or charisma? In my mind the character plays people like a violin is played by a master. Not in this series, however... and where in the book did Adora become a Cracker?
I digress slightly as my main gripe stems from the little changes that remove most of the "throw-away"humour that typifies Mr Pratchett's work, e.g. Siscal twostep/ Hemp fandango line that in the book had me merrily chuckling, but in the small screen, having been cut, set the tone for the rest of the adaptation.
I could go on and on and on, but I'd end up highlighting almost every change that pulls the screen version further and further from what could have been a faithful big budget version of one of my favourite Discworld novels. I guess if you'd never read the book you could be forgiven for deriving a great deal of enjoyment from this bank-holiday entertainment, but as a huge Pratchett fan I feel let down, especially as a rendition of Making Money has been slightly spoiled as well (Moist thought Nobby was the werewolf until a goodly way into Making Money).
As said I don't expect everyone to share my views, but I refuse to subscribe to any "I'm a big fan therefore it was great" rubbish.
Sorry to anyone this upsets, but I honestly hope a greater effort is made in any future productions to stick closer to a great story and include more of the humour for which, I'm sure, we love these books.