Good Omens (TV series)
|Created by||Neil Gaiman|
|Written by||Neil Gaiman|
|Directed by||Douglas Mackinnon|
|Narrated by||Frances McDormand|
|Music by||David Arnold|
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|Running time||60 minutes|
Good Omens is an upcoming American-British television serial based on the 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A co-production between Amazon Prime and BBC Two, the six-part series was directed by Douglas Mackinnon and written by Gaiman, who will served as showrunner. The series stars an ensemble cast featuring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson and Nick Offerman.
Set in 2018, the series will follow the demon Crowley (Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Sheen), who, being accustomed to life on Earth, seek to prevent the coming of the antichrist and with it the final battle between Heaven and Hell.
Cast and characters
- David Tennant as Crowley, a demon who has lived on Earth since the dawn of creation. Originally called "Crawly", he is the snake who tempted Eve with the apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
- Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, an angel who has lived on Earth as long as Crowley. In the original novel, Aziraphale was the angel tasked with guarding the eastern gates of paradise. He and Crowley serve as representatives of Heaven and Hell respectively on Earth.
- Anna Maxwell Martin as Beelzebub, the leader of the forces of Hell. Beelzebub only played a very minor role in the original novel but is assumed to play a larger role in the TV series.
- Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel, the leader of the forces of Heaven. While Gabriel was only mentioned once in the original novel, his role was meant to be expanded in the never-finished sequel to Good Omens, so Gaiman incorporated parts of the plot of the planned sequel regarding the role of the angels into the TV series' plot. In the novel, the leader of the forces of Heaven was the Metatron.
- Josie Lawrence as Agnes Nutter, a witch living in the 17th century who predicted the events in her book The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the only accurate book of prophecies ever written.
- Adria Arjona as Anathema Device, Agnes Nutter's last descendant and a witch herself who teams up with Aziraphale and Crowley to stop the end of the world.
- Michael McKean as Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell, the last officer of the once proud witchfinder army.
- Jack Whitehall as Newton Pulsifer, a descendant of the witchfinder who burned Agnes Nutter at the stake and who teams up with Anathema to help stop the end of the world.
- Miranda Richardson as Madame Tracy, a part-time medium and courtesan.
- Mireille Enos as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Lourdes Faberes as Pollution, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Yusuf Gatewood as Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- TBA as Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Reece Shearsmith as William Shakespeare
- Nina Sosanya as Sister Loquacious, one of the nuns of the Chattering Order of St. Beryl, a satanic order of nuns who were tasked with switching a baby with the Antichrist.
- Ned Dennehy as Hastur, Duke of Hell
- Ariyon Bakare as Ligur, likewise Duke of Hell
- Frances McDormand as the voice of God
- Derek Jacobi as the Metatron
- Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss as Harmony and Glozier, mysterious book-sellers.
- Nick Offerman as the U.S. Ambassador and father of the child Warlock.
- Sam Taylor Buck as Adam Young, the reluctant Antichrist
- Amma Ris as Pepper, part of the group of Adam's friends
- Ilan Galkoff as Brian, part of the group of Adam's friends
- Alfie Taylor as Wensleydale, part of the group of Adam's friends
- Daniel Mays as Arthur Young, Adam's father
- Sian Brooke as Deidre Young, Adam's mother
Pratchett and Gaiman had planned to adapt Good Omens as a movie for years, with various directors and writers attached to the project at various times. In 2011, a television series, written by Terry Jones and Gavin Scott, was first reported to be in the works but no further plans were announced. After Pratchett's death, Gaiman refused to ever consider working on the adaptation alone but changed his mind when he received a letter from Pratchett, written to be sent after his death, urging him to finish the project.
On January 19, 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had given a green-light to a television series adaptation of the novel to be co-produced with the BBC in the United Kingdom. Executive producers were set to include Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman, Rob Wilkins, and Rod Brown. Gaiman was also set to adapt the novel for the screen and serve as showrunner for the series. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of BBC Studios, Narrativia, and The Blank Corporation. Distribution of the series was to be handled by BBC Worldwide.
On August 14, 2017, it was announced that Michael Sheen and David Tennant had been cast in the lead roles of Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively. On September 14, 2017, Gaiman revealed on Twitter that Nina Sosanya, Ned Dennehy, and Ariyon Bakare had joined the main cast. A day later, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, and Adria Arjona were announced as series regulars. A week after that, Sam Taylor Buck, Amma Ris, Ilan Galkoff, Alfie Taylor, Daniel Mays, and Sian Brooke were also cast. In October 2017, it was reported that Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin, Mireille Enos, Lourdes Faberes, and Yusuf Gatewood had joined the main cast. In November 2017, it was reported that Reece Shearsmith and Nicholas Parsons had also been cast. On December 15, 2017 it was reported that Derek Jacobi would voice the Metatron.
On February 9, 2018 it was announced that Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss had joined the series. On March 6, 2018, it was announced that Nick Offerman had been cast in a series regular role. On July 20, 2018, it was announced during Amazon's San Diego Comic-Con panel that Frances McDormand had been cast as the voice of God as well as the series' narrator.
Principal photography on the series began in September 2017, with Gaiman tweeting a picture of Tennant and Sheen in costume on set. In October 2017, the production was spotted filming in Surrey.
On October 6, 2018, the series held a panel at the annual New York Comic Con in New York City. The panel was moderated by Whoopi Goldberg and featured creator Neil Gaiman, director Douglas Mackinnon, and cast members Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, and Miranda Richardson. During the panel, the first trailer for the series was premiered and subsequently released online.
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