Wyrd Sisters (TV series)
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|Genre||Fantasy, comedy, animation|
|Created by||Terry Pratchett|
|Directed by||Jean Flynn|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Running time||140 min.|
|Original release||18 May 1997|
|Preceded by||Soul Music|
|Followed by||Terry Pratchett's Hogfather|
Wyrd Sisters is a six-part animated television adaptation of the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, produced by Cosgrove Hall Films, and first broadcast on 18 May 1997. It was the second film adaptation of an entire Discworld novel (following the Welcome to the Discworld short, which was based on a fragment of the 1991 novel Reaper Man, and the Soul Music series).
The 6-episode television comedy series closely follows the plot of the novel, which features three witches: Granny Weatherwax; Nanny Ogg, matriarch of a large tribe of Oggs, who owns the most evil cat in the world, (Greebo); and Magrat Garlick, the junior witch, who firmly believes in occult jewellery, even though none of it works.
King Verence I of Lancre is murdered by his cousin, Duke Felmet, and the King's crown and a baby are given by an escaping servant to the three witches. The witches hand the crown and the child to a troupe of travelling actors, acknowledging that destiny will eventually take its course and Tomjon will grow up to defeat Duke Felmet.
However, the kingdom is angry and doesn't want to wait 18 years so the witches move it forward in time. Meanwhile, the duke has decided to get a play written and performed that is favourable to him so he sends the court jester to Ankh-Morpork to recruit the same travelling (now stationary) company that Tomjon is in.
The only problem is that Tomjon does not want to be king.
Cast and characters
- Christopher Lee as Death
- Jane Horrocks as Magrat Garlick
- June Whitfield as Nanny Ogg
- Annette Crosbie as Granny Weatherwax
- Eleanor Bron as Duchess Felmet
- Les Dennis as Tomjon
- Andy Hockley
- David Holt
- Jimmy Hibbert as Verence I of Lancre
- Rob Rackstraw as Duke Felmet
- Melissa Sinden
- Taff Girdlestone
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Episode One"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||18 May, 1997|
|2||"Episode Two"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||25 May, 1997|
|3||"Episode Three"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||1 June, 1997|
|4||"Episode Four"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||8 June, 1997|
|5||"Episode Five"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||15 June, 1997|
|6||"Episode Six"||Jean Flynn||Terry Pratchett||22 June, 1997|
The series is based on Terry Pratchett's book Wyrd Sisters in his novel series Discworld. The first episode was released on 18 May, 1997, and further episodes were released weekly until the sixth and final one has aired on 22 June. Wyrd Sisters was also broadcast as a film that ran for two hours and 20 minutes.
- Guide, British Comedy. "Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters cast and crew credits". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
- Guide, British Comedy. "Wyrd Sisters - C4 Comedy Drama". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
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