‘Going Postal’ Looking To Reach Beyond Pratchett
As reported here at SciFiPulse in July. Sky One are adapting yet another of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.
The British cable and satellite channel enjoyed much success with the previous two mini series The Hogfather and The Colour Of Magic.
For their third mini series a few changes have taken place. Taking on the job as producer is Sue De Beauvoir who has a fair bit of experience from having worked on such series as Merlin. In a recent interview for SFX Red Alert De Beauvoir talked a little about the show.
When asked about the location filming, which is taking place in Budapest De Beauvoir revealed that it was due to the classic architecture of the buildings in eastern Europe. A difficult thing about filming in the UK is the fact that many of our older buildings have been converted into office blocks.
For Going Postal Sky are looking to have a show that can reach beyond the Terry Pratchett fans and appeal to a broader audience. However, De Beauvoir is looking to strike as good a balance between pleasing the fans and bringing in a new audience, and having a template to work with is a huge help with this.
“It’s not starting something from scratch.” De Beauvoir said.
When asked about adapting the book De Beauvoir revealed that she is a big fan of the novels central story, but she also appreciates the fact that it is very British.
“Terry is very much a defender of the ordinary man and British society, saving the Post Office, and to me this book has got all the things Terry feels very strongly about.”
Sue De Beauvoir having worked on Merlin, which has many special FX is not phased by the fact that Going Postal will have its fill of technical issues, and reveals that she is more than ready to rise to the daily challenges that this new mini series will present.
“There are always thing that go on, issues and problems, technical things,” she says, “but there’s not been a moment when I’ve thought, ‘Why am I doing this?’ because I am enjoying myself so much.
Going Postal will air on Sky One in Spring of 2010 and brings a bevy of British acting talent which includes such well known names as: David Suchet, Richard Coyle, Charles Dance and Claire Foy.
Going Postal, Terry Pratchett’s 33rd Discworld novel was released in 2004. It tells the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Coyle), whose crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork.
You can read more of what Sue De Beauvoir had to say in the new issue of SFX, which is out now.