In early 2017, it was announced that Amazon Video had given the green light for a TV adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit novel Good Omens. Later that year, it was announced that David Tennant had been cast as the demon Crowley and that Michael Sheen would portray the angel Aziraphale. After years of stopping and starting, a TV adaptation finally seemed to be on its way.
As work continued, more cast members were announced. Jon Hamm was cast as Archangel Gabriel, Jack Whitehall as Newton Pulsifer, Miranda Richardson as Madame Tracey, Nick Offerman as the father of Warlock, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Satan.
We’ve seen some sneak peaks and teaser trailers over the past two years, but now Amazon has unveiled the first full length trailer which gives us an exciting look at what’s to come, and it certainly looks like it’s living up to the high standards of the novel.
Good Omens is set to make its debut on May 31, 2019 on Amazon Prime’s video streaming service. Those who don’t have an Amazon Prime subscription will be able to catch it around six months later when it will air weekly on BBC2. Are you ready for Armageddon?
The eight episode mini series Gentleman Jack is set in 1832 West Yorkshire, when women were to be seen and not heard, and lesbianism was merely whispered about. Anne Lister’s endeavour to turn society on its head came about when she inherited her family home; in an attempt to breathe new life into the household, she undertook business and was in search of a wife.
The cast supporting Suranne Jones as Lister include Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Lister’s prospective wife, Ann Walker; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Bleak House) as their father Jeremy Lister, and playing their Aunt Anne will be Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
The series premieres on the 22nd of April 2019. Check out the trailer below!
The 1998 novel is narrated by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, “a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.” Along with Anya Epstein, Barbara Kingsolver will be adapting her own novel for the screen- a boon for literary purists who are wary of screen adaptations which lose their essence in translation.
The novel was a Pulitzer prize finalist, and has been called ‘breathtaking’, full of ‘humour and love’, with Kingsolver named as one of the finest writers of her generation.
Mike Barker, director of Outlander and The Handmaid’s Tale has been hired for the project, to tell the story of a young boy named Jack Sawyer and his quest through a monstrous dimension to find the mystical title object that might cure his dying mother, and even save two worlds in the process.
The heartbreaking All the Light We Cannot See is set in World War II and tells the parallel stories of a French girl, who is blind, and a German boy. Marie-Laure and her father escape Paris to a seaside town when the Nazis arrive, carrying with them a precious jewel. Meanwhile German ophan, Werner is a self taught radio expert who is enlisted by the Nazis to use this ability against the French Resistance. As they both try and survive the devastation of the war, their lives collide in spectacular fashion.
Without posting spoilers, Season 1 came to a pretty finite end, but season 2 is taking the story in a new direction with a whole new cast and will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. For the extra bookish among you, bonus points if you knew that was a location from the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, and it seems that book will be the inspiration for the new season.