The Colour of Magic on Sky One

For the benefit of UK readers with Sky TV, I’d just like to mention that an adaptation of the first two of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic is showing tonight and tomorrow on Sky One.

UK readers with Virgin TV can join me in muttering rude things about the inability of Sky and Virgin to agree terms that would have allowed us to see this on TV. Naughtier viewers may do downloading things, while the rest of us wait for the DVD.

I’m a little dubious about some aspects of this adaptation[1], mostly the casting of David Jason as Rincewind. My mental image of Rincewind is someone altogether younger and scrawnier, but maybe that’s just me. Twoflower, the Discworld’s “first tourist” is being played by Sam Gamgee Sean Astin.

Sky one – The Colour of magic

[1] Comments about “sour grapes” on a postcard to Richard Branson, please