Richard Dormer leads as Sam Vimes in TV adaptation ‘The Watch’

Richard Dormer, Sam Vimes

The Watch, produced by BBC Studios and Narrativia, uses Terry Pratchett’s City Watch books as inspiration to create a ‘uniquely anarchic and thrillingly entertaining police procedural.’

The Cast

The cast will be led by actor Richard Dormer playing the legendary Sam Vimes. Dormer says ‘I’m so thrilled to be part of this brilliant madness and mayhem! I was immediately drawn to the multitude of layers to Sam Vimes, and I find the dynamic between him and his band of disenfranchised comrades very compelling.’

Also joining the cast are Adam Hugill as Carrot, Jo Eaton-Kent as Cheery, Marama Corlett as Angua, Lara Rossi as Lady Sybil and Sam Adewunmi as Carcer.

Producing The Watch

Rob Wilkins, trustee of the Terry Pratchett estate, holds an Executive Producer role, as does Lead Writer Simon Allen, who says: ‘Sir Terry Pratchett is in the bloodstream of popular culture. He has a distinctly British kind of literary heart and humour but his ideas are defiantly human and universal. It’s been such a privilege to work with our world class director, producers and writers on building a television show that honours his legacy while striking out on its own in his name and spirit. Like the man whose genius inspired it, The Watch is a hopeful show that believes it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness. I can’t wait for everybody to see our joyously brilliant cast light candles and, of course, flamethrowers.’

The Watch will be brought to screen by highly acclaimed Director Craig Viveiros, who says: ‘The script for The Watch is like nothing I have ever read before. It’s anarchic, it’s noisy and raspy, and I am really looking forward to bringing it to life on screen. With such a talented line up of cast and crew together we can make something ground-breaking.’

The series will start filming in South Africa on September 30th.

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