09/03/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Following the TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather and The Colour of Magic, the next Discworld film to be produced will be based on El Tel’s novel Going Postal. Going Postal will be a two part adaptation showing on Sky’s cable service late May 2010.
For those who have yet to have the pleasure of reading this novel, Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig and the vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart. A travelling con-artist, Lipwig’s crimes finally catch up with him in the town of Ankh-Morpork.
About to face death by hanging, Lord Vetinari spares Ligwig, seeing in him the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office. Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt - Suchet - owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig’s first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affections…little knowing the part he has played in her family’s downfall. Is their romance forever doomed?
The drama was filmed on location in Budapest, Hungary, which provided the backdrop of Ankh-Morphork.
Going Postal features a British cast that includes Richard Coyle - Prince of Persia, Coupling - as Moist Von Lipwig, David Suchet - Agatha Christie’s Poirot - as Reacher Gilt, Charles Dance - Gosford Park, Bleak House - as Lord Vetinari, and Claire Foy - Little Dorrit - as Adora Belle Dearheart. Joining them are Steve Pemberton - The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville - as Drumknott, Andrew Sachs - Fawlty Towers - as Groat, Timothy West - Bleak House, Brass -, Ian Bonar as Stanley, and Tamsin Greig - Green Wing, Black Books - as Miss Cripslock.
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