[Sir Terry’s daughter Rhianna] will be a co-writer on the BBC Discworld series The Watch, news of which has had fans like me chewing their cheeks in excitement. Mine may never recover after hearing some particularly exciting casting details that I’m absolutely not allowed to tell you about.
Run by Pratchett’s new production company, Narrativia, The Watch will continue the well-loved City Watch saga where the books left off, and Rhianna will be an important member of the writing team. The author tells me that he will be happy for her to continue writing the Discworld books when he is no longer able to do so. “The Discworld is safe in my daughter’s hands,” Pratchett assures me.
Rhianna has grown up immersed in her father’s universe and knows it inside out…
Constant thinks this is a terrible idea. Admittedly, “legacy” fantasy serial writers — a tradition going back to at least L. Frank Baum — don’t have a great record in general. I’m not emotionally invested in the television version, and I don’t know Rhianna’s work at all, so I may have to wait until (if) the day comes when Ms. Pratchett actually publishes a Discworld book of her very own to make up my mind. What say my fellow Prachett fans?
And apart from the
world-building book chat, what’s on the agenda today?