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Noel Smith

BBC Filming War Of The Worlds in UK

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16 hours ago, wombat said:

Oh and are we in for another of those bludgeoned Poirots this Christmas, you know, the ones where he’s an ex-priest and they changed who the murderer was...?

 
I always said to my friends about these 'Christmas specials' that it would be nice for them to go completely left of field, and do a telling of an Asimov or Arthur C Clarke short story or something like that. But then what do we do with all the period set pieces they have accumulated i guess.

 

I really enjoyed 'Electric Dreams' - the series based of Phillip K. Dick short stories, it would be good to see this kind of thing expanded to more of the classic scifi-authors. Im surprised no one has done it with HP.Lovecraft yet! 


There is that new TV series adaptation of 'Snowpiercer' that will be dropping soon, although again, how much it will be butchered to suit modern tv production tastes, has yet to be seen.

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Not familiar with that. I’m afraid though I’m of the view that if writers want to adapt so far they should just write an original thing.

 

speaking of discworld I haven’t liked any of the TV attempts. Definitely a case of the pictures being better in your head.

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H.P Lovecraft  is a fave of mine, I'd love to see a faithful  adaptation of The mountains of madness, or A shadow over Innsmouth.

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On 12/6/2019 at 10:46 PM, cmatthewbacon said:

Trouble with Discworld is that the love people who read the sequence have for it is based on immersing yourself in that world, "getting" the humor, and then seeing how the characters develop and growing with them. It's really hard to choose an entry point for a TV series that will grab an audience, and then they really have to be in for the long haul. Not sure The Colour of Magic would have been my choice... Better The Watch with Philip Glenister as Sam Vimes, the Witches with Maggie Smith as Granny Weatherwax and Judi Dench as Nanny Ogg, the rest of the Moist van Lipwig books continuing with Richard Coyle as Moist, the Death books with Benedict Cumberbatch (it's the voice, right...) or (post-His Dark Materials) the Tiffany Aching series with Dafne Keen as Tiffany...

 

best,

M.

 

 

Agree with you, huge Pratchett fan, read them all a few times, once in the recommended reading order.  But on my first encounter I read the first two books and gave up not particularly liking it.  Then a few years later I got The Night Watch on audio to listen on the plane and that made me give it another try.  The Rincewind books are still my least favourite.


As for the The Watch, like your casting ideas but I fear you are in for one huge disappointment.

 

https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/bbc-announces-watch-tv-cast/

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

 

 

 

 

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The what? 

Female Vetinari , Cruces and CMOT? 

 

Okay I like the look of Carrot and I guess Cheery will work, unsure about Angua until they put a blonde wig on her... as for Lady Sybil... what the hell?

 

<shudder>

 

Okay back to the books... the first two books (colour of money & light fantastic) are not very good, infact I'd go so far as to say they are pretty awful. There are a handful of good jokes in them (copper armour etc) but at this point he was still trying to TELL jokes, rather than let the comedy come out of the character and situation. It took until Mort for him to really find his writing feet and there are still some misfires after that (Sourcery is a drudge) but once he start on the first Watch book, then he starts to get it right.

 

I'm with you in that I find the Rincewind books the least enjoyable - except the Lost Continent, just so many good Aussie jokes in that.

 

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Pretty much nailed it there matey. Mort was the first book where the humour was subtlety embedded and drawn out as it progressed. The Watch series is a far more accommodating progression to get into the discworld with other familiar characters from the disc dropping in and out. Much as I like the witches series, again it’s disjointed and is doesn’t nod a head to the rest of the discworld characters and tapestries as well as the watch series does.

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Did anyone else find the final episode on Sunday rather tedious? Some of the most boring TV drama I've ever watched. A shame, as I thought the previous episodes were decent telly...

 

What say ye, my good Lords?

 

Chris.  

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On 12/10/2019 at 8:56 AM, Noel Smith said:

This thread has drifted well away from the actual topic of war of the worlds.

 

 To be fair Noel, so did the BBC TV version... I personally was so disappointed that there was no Thunderchild.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Dazz

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On 12/10/2019 at 10:34 PM, spruecutter96 said:

Did anyone else find the final episode on Sunday rather tedious? Some of the most boring TV drama I've ever watched. A shame, as I thought the previous episodes were decent telly...

 

What say ye, my good Lords?

 

Chris.  

I have to agree with that. 

After all the hype and fuss, it all turned out to be a bit MEH!!

No,not impressed at all. First episode was promising but, the second was tedious and the third was so umbelievably dull I struggled to watch it the whole way through.

 

I'm not going to bother going into all the little plot lines but, suffice to say, I think this was an opportunity wasted. Dull,plodding and uninspiring is basically how I would sum it up

 

Allan

 

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