"Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalised", Dormer will play Sam Vimes, captain of the titular Watch, who has been "disempowered by a broken society that's reduced his department's jurisdiction to nearly nothing". (The eight-episode series begins filming later this month.) Dormer will star as Sam Vimes, captain of The Watch, who's been "disempowered by a broken society that's reduced his department's jurisdiction to nearly nothing". Dormer will star in The Watch, the new series for BBC America based on the late Terry Pratchett's popular novels. The series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.
"I'm so thrilled to be part of this brilliant madness and mayhem", Dormer said. Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines) as 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 Last Tree) as the wounded and wronged Carcer Dun, out to hijack destiny itself, take control of the city and exact a bad revenge on an unjust reality.
Jo Eaton-Kent, a genderfluid actor, will play Constable Cheery, a forensics expert whose role in the Discworld universe is roughly analogous to being transgender. (This tweet from one of the writers suggests that The Watch will include more LGBTQ+ content than Pratchett's novels.) Adam Hugill will play the heroic Captain Carrot, and Maltese actress Marama Corlett (The City and the City) will play the werewolf Angua. Rossi is the formidable Lady Sybil Ramkin, last scion of Ankh-Morpork's nobility (and Vimes' wife), while Adewunmi is the wronged Carcer Dun, who is out to take control of the city.
BBC Studios is making the series alongside Narrativia, which Pratchett, who died in 2015, launched in 2012.
Showrunner Simon Allen describes The Watch as "a hopeful show that believes it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness". The series will shoot in South Africa, starting at the end of this month.