Well, well, well. Who’d a thunk it? A live-action TV adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld books. Done at a moderately sensible length. All nicely put together, well cast, visually quite lovely, and generally right. Books always have to be mucked about a bit to make them work on TV, but as the mucking about was generally done by, or with the full cooperation of Terry, it managed to be true to the book and good TV.
If you haven’t read the book, and have no idea what I’m on about, you really should read it, and the rest of the series. Go on, do it right now! There’s a convenient Amazon link at the top of this post for UK readers, who will notice the new cover design, featuring Susan. I would link to the US edition for crazy furriners, but frankly, the US cover designs are so nasty that they’d make the site look untidy. I can’t believe they do much for sales, either…
Anyway, the whole thing was packed full of details, and I’m sure I missed a few, so the DVD will be an essential purchase when it appears. But a few of those nice little touches:
Hex, the ant-powered computer of Unseen University was beautifully created, complete with Anthill Inside logo
Death, voiced by Ian Richardson, was heard to utter the magic words:
..I couldn’t possibly comment
which just has to be a nod to Richardson’s role in the House of Cards Trilogy
The Death of Rats was cute
And so much more.
 Four hours less ad breaks, so probably 3½ hours or less
 Well, apart from Nobby, of course
 Or not