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BBC America has announced the cast of its new Original scripted series The Watch. Leading it is Game of Thrones‘ Richard Dormer.

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The Watch: Richard Dormer as Sam Vimes, Marama Corlett as Corporal Angua, Adam Hugill as Constable Carrot, Lara Rossi as Lady Sybil Ramkin, Jo Eaton-Kent as Constable Cheery, Sam Adewunmi as Carcer Dun — Photo © BBC America/BBC Studios

Critically-acclaimed actor and playwright Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones, Fortitude, Rellik) is set to lead the cast of The Watch, BBC America’s new Original drama series.

Inspired by the legendary “City Watch” subset of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels and its many iconic characters, The Watch — a gender-bending fantasy series — is set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized. The story centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.

Dormer stars as Sam Vimes, Captain of The Watch — disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his department’s jurisdiction to almost nothing.

Joining Dormer are Jo Eaton-Kent (Don’t Forget The Driver) as Constable Cheery, the ingenious non-binary forensics expert who is ostracized by kin and finding a new home and identity; Adam Hugill (1917) as Constable Carrot, the idealistic new recruit who was raised by dwarfs but really is a human abandoned at birth; Marama Corlett (Sick Note) as the mysterious Corporal Angua, who is tasked with Carrot’s training and keeping the rookie alive; Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines) as the formidable Lady Sybil Ramkin, last scion of Ankh-Morpork’s nobility, who’s trying to fix the city’s wrongs with her chaotic vigilantism; and Sam Adewunmi (The Missing) as Carcer Dun — wounded and wronged and out to hijack destiny itself, take control of the city, and exact a terrible revenge on an unjust reality.

The Watch begins filming in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 30th. Comprised of eight episodes, the series is part of BBC America’s 2020 slate, which includes the Emmy®-nominated Killing Eve, Jodie Whittaker’s second season of Doctor Who, and Seven Worlds, One Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough.

Produced for BBC America by BBC Studios and Narrativia, the show’s lead writer is Simon Allen (The Musketeers). Joining Allen as writers on the series are Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who), Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood), Amrou Al-Kadhi (Hollyoaks), and Ed Hime (Skins). Craig Viveiros (Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None) is set to direct.

The series is executive produced by Hilary Salmon (Luther), Ben Donald (The Mallorca Files), and Richard Stokes (Torchwood) for BBC Studios, Rob Wilkins (Good Omens) for Narrativia, Simon Allen, and Craig Viveiros. Johann Knobel (Shameless) is series producer, and Simon Rogers (Doctor Foster) is production designer.

Stay tuned for updates.

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The Watch: Richard Dormer Leads Cast of New BBC America Original Series
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