BBC America confirmed that Richard Dormer will lead the cast of the network’s new original scripted series, “The Watch,” co-produced by Narrativia and BBC Studios. The story is set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized. The show centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.
“The Watch” is inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels and its many iconic characters. The cast also includes Adam Hugill, Jo Eaton-Kent, Marama Corlett, and Lara Rossi, with Sam Adewunmi.
Dormer stars in the series as Sam Vimes, Captain of The Watch, disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his department’s jurisdiction to almost nothing. Jo Eaton-Kent is Constable Cheery, the ingenious non-binary forensics expert, ostracized by their kin and finding a new home and identity. Adam Hugill plays Constable Carrot, the idealistic new recruit, raised by dwarfs, but really a human abandoned at birth. Marama Corlett is the mysterious Corporal Angua who is tasked with Carrot’s training and keeping the rookie alive. Lara Rossi plays the formidable Lady Sybil Ramkin, last scion of Ankh-Morpork’s nobility, who’s trying to fix the city’s wrongs with her chaotic vigilantism. Sam Adewunmi is the wounded and wronged Carcer Dun, out to hijack destiny itself, take control of the city and exact a terrible revenge on an unjust reality.
The series has an eight-episode order, and begins filming in Cape Town, South Africa on September 30th. The show joins Emmy-nominated “Killing Eve,” Jodie Whittaker’s second season of “Doctor Who,” and “Seven Worlds, One Planet,” presented by Sir David Attenborough.
Simon Allen serves as lead writer on “The Watch,” joining Allen as writers on the series are Joy Wilkinson, Catherine Tregenna, Amrou Al-Kadhi, and Ed Hime . Craig Viveiros is set to direct.
In the announcement, Dormer added, “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.”
AMC Network’s Entertainment Group & AMC Studios President Sarah Barnett also spoke about the series, saying, “The Watch will be a very BBC America show. As with Killing Eve, we don’t go straight at an adaptation – we blur genres, undercut with humor, and hire the most genius writers and actors to create stories and characters that are both entertaining and very contemporary, that say something new. Richard Dormer will kill it as Sam Vines, not your everyday male anti-hero. Simon Allen and Rob Wilkins approach this adaptation with the kind of iconoclastic energy and open-hearted love that will truly honor the indelible legacy of Sir Terry.”
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