It’s Not The End Of The World…Or Is It?
Gaiman’s TV adaptation of his and Terry Prachett’s Good Omens is coming to UK terrestrial TV this January and here’s an introduction to it…
Multi-award-winning actors Michael Sheen, OBE (Masters Of Sex, Passengers and films Home Again and Brad’s Status) and David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Jessica Jones) lead an all-star cast in Good Omens, a six-part humorous fantasy drama for BBC Two.
Equal parts humour and horror, fantasy and drama, this 6×60′ series is written by Neil Gaiman (American Gods), who will also serve as Showrunner. It is based on the well-loved and internationally bestselling novel Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (Hogfather) and Gaiman.
Sheen stars as the somewhat fussy angel and rare-book dealer Aziraphale, and Tennant plays his opposite number, the fast living demon Crowley, both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other. So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the world will end. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Young actor Sam Taylor Buck plays Adam Young, the reluctant, accidental Antichrist. His parents are portrayed by Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Against The Law), who plays his father Arthur Young and Sian Brooke (Sherlock, Doctor Foster) who plays his mother Deidre Young.
Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver, Bridesmaids) is the archangel Gabriel – the primary messenger of God and the charming leader of the Angels – who is everything that Aziraphale is not. Also on the side of good is Aziraphale’s boss, Archangel Michael, played by Doon MacKichan (Smack the Pony, Plebs). Gabriel’s opposite number, Beelzebub, the ultimate demon, is played by Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland, South Riding).
Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Decline and Fall) takes up the part of Newton Pulsifer aka Newt – an unfulfilled wages clerk turned witch-hunter – and Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul) appears as Sergeant Shadwell, the leader of the witch-finder army who sends him on his mission. Miranda Richardson plays Madame Tracy, the psychic medium and part-time courtesan who provides a helping hand to the pair as they try to save the world from Armageddon.
Newt and Shadwell are on the hunt for Anathema Device, practical occultist and descendant of the witch Agnes Nutter. Anathema is played by Adria Arjona (True Detective, Narcos). Josie Lawrence (Humans, EastEnders) reprises the role of Agnes Nutter, the last remaining witch in England, a part she also performed in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Good Omens.
Additional cast for the series also includes Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax) as Sister Mary Loquacious of the Chattering Order of St Beryl, Ned Dennehy (Broken, Peaky Blinders) as Duke of Hell Hastur and Ariyon Bakare (The Dark Night, New Blood) as fellow Duke of Hell Ligur. Mireille Enos plays War, Lourdes Faberes, appears as Pollution and Yusuf Gatewood portrays Famine.
Other stellar names making guest appearances in single episodes include Reece Shearsmith (League Of Gentleman, Inside Number 9) as William Shakespeare, Steve Pemberton (League of Gentleman, Inside No. 9) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) both play evil book buyers. David Morrissey (The Missing, The Walking Dead) appears as Captain Vincent whose cruise ship runs aground and Johnny Vegas (Still Open All Hours, Benidorm) plays Ron Ormorod.
The series also features the voice talent of Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Fargo), as the narrator of the series and the voice of God. Derek Jacobi (Last Tango In Halifax, Gosford Park) plays Metatron, God’s spokesperson. On the opposite side Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game) is heard as Satan, the ruler of Hell. Death is voiced by Brian Cox (Succession).
Good Omens was brought to the screen by the highly acclaimed director Douglas Mackinnon, whose credits include Doctor Who, Outlander and the standalone Victorian episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
Good Omens is produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation.