Wyrd Sisters (TV series)
|Genre||Fantasy, comedy, animation|
|Created by||Terry Pratchett
|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 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.
- Jane Horrocks - Magrat Garlick
- June Whitfield - Nanny Ogg
- Annette Crosbie - Granny Weatherwax
- Christopher Lee - Death
- Rob Rackstraw - Duke Felmet
- Eleanor Bron - Duchess Felmet
- Les Dennis - The Fool/Tomjon
- Jimmy Hibbert - Verence I of Lancre
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