After being in development hell for several years, BBC Studios has greenlit a fresh Discworld TV series. Entitled The Watch, it will focus on the Ankh-Morpork City Watch under the command of Sam Vimes. A six-episode first season has been given the go-ahead.
The Watch has been in development at the production company Pratchett founded before his passing, Narrativia. It was previously believed that the show would start off by adapting the novel Guards! Guards!, which introduces Vimes and the Watch, before mixing up original, new adventures and adaptations of the other novels featuring the same cast of characters: Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Thud!, and Snuff.
Rhianna Pratchett, Terry's daughter and a respected writer in her own right (including her recent work on the Tomb Raider relaunch), will work on the show as a producer and possible writer. Simon Allen (The Musketeers) will also be involved as a writer.
BBC Studios is a division of BBC Enterprises which can develop projects both by the BBC itself and outside broadcasters. The deal comes about after a very successful collaboration between Narrativia and the BBC on the Good Omens TV series, written by Neil Gaiman and based on his and Pratchett's novel, which recently wrapped shooting and will air in early 2019.
Sky Television previously produced live-action adaptations of four Discworld novels: Hogfather (2006), The Colour of Magic (2008), The Light Fantastic (2008) and Going Postal (2010). Prior to that, Cosgrove Hall produced animated adaptations of two other books: Wyrd Sisters (1998) and Soul Music (1997).