The Watch: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
The Watch

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Despite fantastic production design and a solid cast, The Watch simply doesn't capture the wonder, whimsy, and world building of Terry Pratchett's beloved novels.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2021

Capt. Sam Vimes' life in the City Watch is changed forever when a figure from his past returns to Ankh-Morpork.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2021

Using the policing know-how of Constable Carrot, the Watch connects Carcer's evil plan to strange goings-on at the magical institution called Unseen University.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2021

The Watch must rob the city's most secretive and dangerous institution in a desperate effort to find the magical artifact known as Gawain.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2021

Carcer is willing to do anything to find the sword for Gawain; the Watch is close on his tail, following him to Twilight Canyons, a place where the elderly residents await death; death patiently waits for them to draw their last breaths.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2021

The Watch must trek through the Unreal Estate to destroy the sword in a magical lake.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2021

In the race against Carcer for the second mystical artifact, Cheery, Angua and Carrot venture into the Mines of Tak; Cheery must confront the darkness in her past; Vimes and Sybil defend the besieged Watch House from Doctor Cruces and her Assassins.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2021

Sam Vimes wakes up in an alternate universe where he's a prisoner in the middle of a jailbreak; in Ankh-Morpork, the alternate version of Vimes is leading The Watch straight into Carcer's trap.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2021

Carcer's got everything he needs to control the Noble Dragon and destroy Ankh-Morpork; The Watch must step up and save the city from annihilation.

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Cast & Crew

Richard Dormer
Sam Vimes

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Adam Hugill
Carrot

Actor
Ruth Madeley
Throat Dibbler

Actor
Jo Eaton-Kent
Cheery

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James Fleet
Archchancellor of Unseen University

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Marama Corlett
Angua

Actor
Natalie Walsh
Goblin #4

Actor
Samuel Adewunmi
Carcer Dun

Actor
Lara Rossi
Lady Sybil Ramkin

Actor
Simon Allen
Executive Producer
Rob Wilkins
Executive Producer
Ben Donald
Executive Producer
Hilary Salmon
Executive Producer
Richard Stokes
Executive Producer
Craig Viveiros
Executive Producer
Phil Collinson
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Watch: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Watch: Season 1

  • Apr 27, 2022
    Please give us a season 2!
  • Apr 05, 2022
    I think the costume design alone was enough to make this show unbearable. But what really got me was the fact that the only thing that made the characters close to the book characters, was their names. I was shocked by the absence of structure and plot given to the WoT series, but, this one couldn't even get me through the first scene without canceling my subscription to amc immediately and opening up a rotten Tomatoes account to flame this show to the best of my ability. The Watch is absolutely NOT The Night Watch. It is not Sam Vines on Screen. And more importantly this doesn't even feel like Discworld. Attempting a cyberpunk vibe in a world where the development of technology was impaired by the easy and free use of magic is as ridiculous as a motorcycle riding velociraptor. What makes it all worse is that somehow Hollywood is able to create a believable Dune movie with Batista and Zendeya in it, yet, the director of this flaming pile of excrement couldn't get this remotely entertaining with truly talented actors. And why does the Sam move around like he has Tourette Syndrome? Sorry not sorry, A true Terry Pratchett sweat
  • Mar 30, 2022
    After seeing good Discworld TV productions like Hogfather, The Colour of Magic and Going Postal I actually thought that BBC would be able to make something at least as good ... This is utter crap ... Discworld in some weird punk style. Characters not even trying to be the characters we love from the books, and that's not even getting into the whole gender swap mess. If you are a fan of the books watch the old TV movies I mentioned above and give this garbage a pass.
  • Feb 22, 2022
    Terrible, not worth watching at all. The acting is poor,the story line is boring. This show is failure to failure. How it could be up for a second season is beyond me, cancel this mess.
  • Jan 26, 2022
    This is a fun show. Although it's not super faithful to the books, those who haven't ever read the Discworld novels by Sir Terry Pratchett will likely still enjoy it. A bit of urban fantasy with some tongue-in-cheek humor makes this a light-hearted show that's fun to watch.
  • Jan 22, 2022
    This show is cursed. They took the lifes work of a GREAT author, and turned it into a mushy, meaningless festival of modern times "acceptance" brainwashing, like most of the shows from 2020-2022. Apart from the names, this show has NOTHING to do with the Discworld series. Vetinari is a woman now. Angua is a scrawny little punker. Lady Ramkin is now black and thin. Hey, look at my surprised face - they have tried to fit every single imagined "minority" in there, at the cost of losing any connection this was supposed to have with Pratchetts work. People responsible for this should hang by their stones.
  • Jan 02, 2022
    I didn't like Richard Dormers character, the humour seemed to be sporadic, its not too sure if its a serious sci-fi or a comedy. The story is meh. Having said all this, I like the world created and the effects are great. It just needs some decent scripts.
  • Dec 12, 2021
    A cruel act against the works of Pratchett
  • Nov 24, 2021
    AS a 25+years Discworld fan. Loved Sam Wimes, great Angua and Lady Ramkin, Carrot has some balls finally. You will laugh, have in mind that this is not the books and more edgier than previous life films.
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Rumours about this series being bad are greatly exaggerated. You know, I don't think it's about if this series is akin to Pratchett work or if it isn't. If I had to sum up my experience of 'The Watch' today with you, I'd say that this is firstly characters, characters who give the viewer helping hand, when the viewer starts to question if to invest more time here, when the viewer asks himself a question "this story arc is simple as fork, what else does it have?". And it is a bit curious to realize that these characters, so different from their book prototypes, forge a way the series is perceived. Because when you expect the taste of the book thing, the way the things were described and are sitting in your imagination, sometimes you can't appreciate the different vision "inspired by", I'd say, the slightly crooked mirror which helps you to progress, see things from different angles. Well, it's not my case today because I could, and I thank life! This series has indeed a different DNA than original STP work (and I agree with STPs daughter on that). I say it's punk rock, it's slums, it's nothing but retelling, a differently told story and differently weighted accents of it. And finally, when a lot of people ask me "How can you be so content with this blasphemy, this sacrilege?" I simply answer, it is this taste of love for stories, this taste of love for surprise, completely different character creations from the expected ones, which pushed me today to love the drunkard Vimes, Cheery, Carrot or - absolutely different yet still gorgeous - DEATH, but tomorrow, who knows, I may serve the community, and give the gift.. The gift of review of another title :-) The main story arc is indeed very simple. Visually - it's a great attempt to remake Ankh Morpork, total punk rock, slums, wasted folks, anti utopian style. The most disappointing thing: Vetinari, only in the last episode of the series there was a glimpse of this ominous patrician, all series along I was wondering why everybody is afraid of her. Most surprising: how well reinventing the Death came out. I was initially a bit disappointed seeing the Death not speaking in capital letters, yet this disgruntled supernatural grew on me and I find him hilarious. My general impression is that ‘The Watch' takes a lot from the source material, yet tries to remix and retell that story differently, as moving pictures is a bit different medium than a book, ya know? The humor is simpler, has less satirical edge than the one in the books (which is sad, but it is what it is) - yet still has shining moments all over the series, especially in goblin and death departments. The series finale is expected, yet well played and I actually think if the final episode was cut after the scene in The Watch House, it would make for a strong WOW! factor due to its bitterness. Unfortunately, producers went for a cliffhanger for possible continuation, which watered it down. If you like BBC Doctor Who, punk rock, don't listen to reviews focusing on comparing it to the books or one's expectations and ignore sociopolital remarks in them - you will most probably enjoy ‘The Watch'. It has potential not fully used and I think there's a great injustice done to it in the reviews. It is not the book or Discworld movie faithful to it to the letter: it's simmply a different take on the STP work. P.S. Yes, the first part is a paraphrased monologue from a comedy movie I really enjoyed.

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