The Watch (TV series)

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The Watch
Genre Fantasy
Police procedural
Written by Rhianna Pratchett
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production company(s) Narrativia

The Watch is a British fantasy police procedural television series under development. It is to be based on the stories about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch from the Discworld series of fantasy novels by Terry Pratchett.


The Watch was announced in 2011 as being developed by Prime Focus Productions, which previously created three two-part television adaptations of Discworld novels.[1] It was later reported to be produced by Pratchett's own TV production company, Narrativia, which he founded in 2012 and which was led by Rod Brown, the erstwhile head of Prime Focus.[2]

The series has been variously reported to be written − under Pratchett's oversight − by either Terry Jones and Gavin Scott[2] or by Guy Burt,[3] and to have a budget of either £13 to £15 million[2] or £26 million[3] for its projected run of thirteen 60-minutes episodes. Pratchett's daughter Rhianna will be a co-writer.[4] No broadcast date has been announced. In September 2014, Pratchett's agent Colin Smythe informed in Prague that the script is in development and shooting is to commence in 2015.[5][better source needed]

Setting and plot[edit]

Set in the fictional Discworld's principal city of Ankh-Morpork, The Watch has been described by Terry Pratchett as a "Pratchett-style CSI".[6] It is to have an episodic storyline, following the format of a "crime of the week" as tackled by the city's police force under the command of Sam Vimes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Connelly, Brendon (14 March 2011). "Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Being Adapted To Crime-Of-The-Week Mystery TV Series". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Kanter, Jake (1 October 2012). "Sir Terry Pratchett launches indie". Broadcast. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Shaw-Williams, Hannah (2 October 2012). "More About Terry Pratchett’s Discworld TV Show, The Watch". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Terry Pratchett: My daughter Rhianna will take over the Discworld when I'm gone". New Statesman. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
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  6. ^ "Terry Pratchett Talks Discworld-Inspired TV Show, New Book Dodger". WIRED magazine. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.