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Thordis
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Just a quick post to ask if anyone plans to watch Sky One's adaptation of Hogfather in a few minutes?

The trailers look fantastic and a quick peek at the script book seems to show that they've left most of my favourite scenes in. I can't wait!

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*whimper* Let us poor saps in the States know how it is!

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I wish I could, I really do. But I guess I'll have to wait until it comes out on DVD (or someone puts the whole thing on YouTube [Big Grin] ).
I've only seen stills so far, but I must say it looks like the casting was excellent...

I'm jealous.

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Thordis
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Well I'm eagerly awaiting tomorrow's second installment. I absolutely loved it, it stays so true to the book and the casting is spot on.

It was the attention to detail I was most impressed with-it was just like stepping into the books. There was even a bowl of mint imperials on Lord Downey's desk. The woman who played Susan was very good-I've not seen her in anything before. If I had one teeny-tiny complaint it would be that Marc Warren's accent was a bit odd. It was like he couldn't decide whether to be American or Irish and it jarred a bit. But that was the only thing I could think of that I would change. Definitely one to buy when it comes out on DVD!

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quote:
Originally posted by Stormfeather:
*whimper* Let us poor saps in the States know how it is!

Never mind you lot... [Wink]

Let us poor saps in the UK who don't have satellite watch it first.

I read an interview with Marc Warren yesterday, he said he saw the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just before he auditioned and borrowed the voice from there.

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I didn't notice, When is the second part coming on? Please don't tell me next Sunday. I'll be back in the states then.
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I really enjoyed it and will be tuning in tomorrow too. The second part is coming on tomorrow night Wellen.

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Wellen
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Ahh thanks. I just thought about it and logged on Skyone to find out. http://www.skyone.co.uk/hogfather/ if anyone wants to see some of the stuff they have for it
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*humph* Don't have Sky so I hope they bring it out on DVD really soon. I've been waiting for a decent Pratchett adaptation for ages. How was Ian Richardson as Death? And did David Jason get Albert 'right'? I worry that he will have played Albert in too jokey a manner.

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I didn't see it, but I read that Nigel Planner and Tony Robinson are in it. Nice nod to the Discworld games there.

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I'm waiting for the DVD too. Flipping Sky TV...

I have mixed feelings, though - it's definitely about time some of his books were adapted (odd that it hasn't happened before, really) but I'm not sure I actually want to watch it. In the stills I've seen, Death doesn't look as I picture him, and I'm worried I won't be able to read the book again if I don't like it.

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I generally quite liked it. I liked the look of the thing - it felt pretty Discworldly. I imagine this would've been very confusing and weird for a newcomer to Discworld though. Perhaps an odd choice for the first Discworld adaptation.

Teatime's voice was very unexpected and a bit out of synch (something like Peter Lorre meets Mickey Mouse), but it worked okay - it certainly made him strange and off-kilter. A pretty major weak link though was Death - at no point did it feel like he was anything other than a guy with a rubber mask on, and it wasn't a very good rubber mask. Didn't convince at all. I also think Christopher Lee, who did Death's voice in the animated films, was better than whoever did it this time. Mostly good, but this Death sounded a little like a harmless old blusterer at times rather than having Lee's deep and imposing tone.

I'll give the second part a go though - loads of exposition in the first part, so we should get the pay off tonight, which'll hopefully have a bit more meat to it.

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Thordis
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I actually really liked Ian Richardson as Death, although I would have added a bit more echo to get the CAPITAL LETTERS right. I was disappointed the mask didn't move when he spoke though, but you can't have everything.

Cinnamon David Jason trod a fine line as Albert. He got him mostly right but he did get a bit too jokey at times. There was a needless running gag with a dog end that grated a bit. I wondered why they cast him as I feel he's too plump for Albert, but I supposed they needed a big name to sell it.

Joss Ackland is Ridcully.

Richard I'd give it a go. I'm the world's pickiest watcher when it comes to adaptations of books I love (to the extent that I've never watched the LOTR films as I would be tutting about then for weeks after). Watching Hogfather I sat with a big grin on my face because it was so close to what I imagined.

Hoping for the Librarian to make an appearance tonight.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thordis:
I actually really liked Ian Richardson as Death, although I would have added a bit more echo to get the CAPITAL LETTERS right. I was disappointed the mask didn't move when he spoke though, but you can't have everything.

I've not seen it yet (Terrestrial only at my gaff!) But I never pictured DEATH's face moving when he spoke. From the stills that I have seen I was a little put off by his bug eyes though. In my mind's eye they are infinitely deep sockets.

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I have no idea what you Brits are talking about.

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Joss Ackland is Ridcully.

When I saw he was in it I thought for a minute then decided he would probably be good. It wasn't a casting choice I would have thought of though, although I don't think I ever really had anyone specific in mind for Ridcully.

Christopher Lee would have been my obvious choice for Death though.

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Thordis
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quote:
Originally posted by Thordis:
Joss Ackland is Ridcully.

When I saw he was in it I thought for a minute then decided he would probably be good. It wasn't a casting choice I would have thought of though, although I don't think I ever really had anyone specific in mind for Ridcully.

Christopher Lee would have been my obvious choice for Death though.

I hadn't thought of anyone for Ridcully either, for all that he's one of my favourites. Yet from the second he was on the screen he was perfect. I actually squealed like a little girl! They seem to have used Paul Kidby's drawings for a lot of the sets and costumes, which is as it should be.

Sorry everyone who hasn't seen it-I'm not making it any easier am I? [Razz]

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I hate you guys! I wanna see it toooooooo! [Frown]

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I have a DVD player that will play Region 2 PAL DVDs.

'Cause I doubt the DVD will be coming out over here soon.

When is it due in the UK?

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Thordis
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Originally posted by ULTRAGLORIA:
I have a DVD player that will play Region 2 PAL DVDs.

'Cause I doubt the DVD will be coming out over here soon.

When is it due in the UK?

Don't know- I've just checked amazon for you and it just says they will email when it becomes available.

No Librarian tonight [Frown] but we did get a good look at HEX (complete with anthill inside sticker) and Ponder was in it more-again looking just as I imagined. The one thing I would say is that Teatime's accent was just not working-he would have been much more creepy with a recieved pronuciation accent I think.

I hope they continue the adaptations-maye next Hogswatch they could do Lords and Ladies with Joss Ackland as Ridcully and Maggie Smith as Granny Weatherwax. I can but dream.

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I really wanted to watch this, but we were at my brother in law's and after 3 minutes he said "this is rubbish" and turned over. Then he went to bed half an hour later- just long enough for us to have missed enough to not know what was going on. I was most annoyed- and they don't seem to be putting it on Sky2 or 3, either. Grr.

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I have no idea what you Brits are talking about.

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I'm one of them, and I have precious little idea too.

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Bloody Sky One. They've already stolen Lost from me and now I can't watch the Hogfather either.

Grumble grumble grumble...

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Bloody Sky One. They've already stolen Lost from me and now I can't watch the Hogfather either.

Grumble grumble grumble...

The git's kept advertising it on Sky 3 too, which is available on freeview, whereas Sky 1 isn't.

The first time I saw the trailer I got really excited and thought it looked excellent, I was so dissapointed when it got to the end of the trailer and said "exclusive to sky 1" what bloody use is that to a sky 3 viewer [Mad]

(yes I know it's supposed to encourage me to subscribe to sky, but that's not going to happen)

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quote:
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I'm one of them, and I have precious little idea too.

Terry Pratchett is an awesome writer. Very clever. Very funny. Very satirical. Shrewd social commentary.

And an orangutan. What more could one want?


Most of his books are in the Diskworld universe. A fantasy world where magic works, riding on the back of four elephants standing on the back of a huge turtle.


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Hogfather is one of his Diskworld books. It's recently been made into a live action television movie (some of his books were previously done in animation).

It looks to be a great movie. I can't wait to see it. But I'll have to. [Frown]

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Do they change the spelling to "Diskworld" for the US editions? In the UK it's "Discworld".
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Nay, it's "Discworld" here, too. However, Sergeant Colon is renamed Sergeant Rumsfeld over here....


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ETA: If this were available on DVD, I'd buy a PAL-compatible machine just to get it and watch it. I always thought my late writing partner, Tom Fuller, would have made a splendid Mustrum Ridcully.

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Actually, in the U.S. it's spelled "Hogwarts."

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Yeah, I got it was Pratchett but I know nothing beyond he's called Terry and writes what are supposed to be funny books.

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Hogfather is his book about Father Christmas / Santa Claus and other childhood traditions. (Well, it's not, it's about the Hogfather going missing and Death having to stand in for him and so on. But it's a Christmassy book and so that's why they chose it for a Christmas adaptation.)

I was glad to see that Anoia, Goddess of Things That Get Stuck In Drawers, makes a personal appearance in Wintersmith. (I thought she'd been mentioned in Hogfather or even Small Gods, but Wikipedia says she was first mentioned in Going Postal, and I wouldn't dare disagree with anybody geeky enough to have written that article.)

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Here's my old friend Tom, on the right. You Pratchett friends will see why he reminded me of Mustrum Ridcully.

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