Wyrd Sisters (TV series)

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Wyrd Sisters
GenreFantasy, comedy, animation
Created byTerry Pratchett
Jimmy Hibbert
Directed byJean Flynn[1]
StarringJane Horrocks
June Whitfield
Annette Crosbie
Christopher Lee
Rob Rackstraw
Eleanor Bron
Les Dennis
Jimmy Hibbert
ComposersKeith Hopwood
Phil Bush
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes2
Production
Running time140 min.
Release
Original release18 May 1997 (1997-05-18)
Chronology
Preceded bySoul Music
Followed byTerry 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).

Plot[edit]

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[edit]

Main[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode One"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett18 May, 1997 (18 May, 1997)
2"Episode Two"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett25 May, 1997 (25 May, 1997)
3"Episode Three"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett1 June, 1997 (1 June, 1997)
4"Episode Four"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett8 June, 1997 (8 June, 1997)
5"Episode Five"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett15 June, 1997 (15 June, 1997)
6"Episode Six"Jean FlynnTerry Pratchett22 June, 1997 (22 June, 1997)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.filmaffinity.com/us/film835327.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Guide, British Comedy. "Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters cast and crew credits". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  3. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Wyrd Sisters - C4 Comedy Drama". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2021-02-09.

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