Fans of the late Terry Pratchett's (Good Omens) epic comedy/fantasy book series "Discworld" have some good news coming their way, with Adam Hugill (Pennyworth) set to join BBC America's eight-episode series adaptation The Watch in a lead role. Written by Simon Allen (Strike Back, The Musketeers), the "punk rock" thriller focuses on City Watch as they fight to save their city from outside forces – and itself.
Hugill's Carrot was raised as a dwarf but turned out to be an orphaned human child. He joins the group after pursuing a career in law enforcement.
Discworld is a flat disc world balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin. Pratchett's stories often dealt with the constant struggles and conflicts between the fantasy world and modern civilization, using the rise of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch from a hopeless gang of three to a fully equipped police force as the backdrop to address a number of important issues. City Watch is run by Sam Vimes, a cynical, working-class street cop who battles dragons alongside werewolves, trolls, and zombies.
Here's a look at the first novel in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic:
"On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet…"
BBC Studios will be sharing production with Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett in 2012 and now run by the author's daughter Rhianna Pratchett and his former business manager Rob Wilkins. BBC Studios' Head of Drama London Hilary Salmon (Luther, Silent Witness) will executive produce the series alongside Wilkins, Ben Donald, and Phil Collinson.