If you’re a fan of Terry Pratchett‘s long-running, multi-stranded, and wholly silly Discworld series of novels, you’re either about to get incredibly excited or incredibly disappointed. BBC America just released its first trailer for The Watch, the upcoming fantasy-comedy TV series based on Pratchett’s work. And it all looks like it’s taking some big ol’ swings.
Here’s the official synopsis for the series, provided by BBC America:
The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it. From lead writer and executive producer Simon Allen, the modern and inclusive series is inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett’s famous “Discworld” novels, including the captain of The City Watch Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious forensics expert Cheery, together with The Watch’s own idiosyncratic depiction of Death.
If you’re a die-hard Pratchett-head… well, either “You’re welcome” or “I’m sorry,” depending on how you feel.
Check out the first trailer, clips, and official synopsis for The Watch below. The series comes to BBC America on January 3, 2021.