The close may well be nigh, but at minimum we are heading out with a giggle. In Primary Video’s miniseries adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s satirical 1990 cult novel — tongue-trippingly titled Very good Omens: The Great and Precise Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch — emissaries from Heaven and Hell will have to collude to avoid Armageddon, if only to keep their personal cozy status quo on Earth.
Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), who stars as uptight angel and bookshop operator Aziraphale opposite Medical doctor Who vet David Tennant’s sly, Bentley-driving demon Crowley, points out, “They’re attempting to prevent the mayhem and avert all the bad stuff [from] occurring.” After all, Aziraphale and Crowley have lived among the mankind for hundreds of decades and are particularly keen on the 21st century. “They like the dining establishments and the wine, and it’s extremely essential to them that [their lives on Earth] can continue,” Sheen provides.
In addition to their creature comforts, the everlasting acquaintances are also fond of each other…mostly. “There’s a special bond between them since no 1 else is aware of what it really is like to be on Earth as supernatural beings,” claims Tennant. “Even if they are intended to be doing the job for unique teams, they just get started to knock the edges off each individual other.”
The celestial frenemies will confront a plague of problems, principally a misplaced Antichrist, whom Aziraphale and Crowley experienced planned to observe from start. (They watched the improper child grow up.) Now, the duo should identify the correct Antichrist (Sam Taylor Buck) and halt the Divine Strategy from becoming executed by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
But initial, they will experience some interference from higher management. Jon Hamm (Mad Men), earning his return to sequence Tv set, has booked a gig even cushier than Don Draper’s: God’s next-in-command, the Archangel Gabriel, a position that was expanded from the e-book. “He desperately wants to get this [Armageddon] course of action started due to the fact he is aware of with absolute certainty that his aspect will earn,” states the Emmy winner, noting with a giggle that his character is “that superannoying boss who is so convinced of his rectitude but is so deeply, deeply completely wrong.”
Also along for the bumpy trip: Better Contact Saul‘s Michael McKean as Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell comedian Jack Whitehall as his lone soldier, Newt Pulsifer Adria Arjona as Anathema System, a descendant of the prophetic 17th-century witch in the book’s title and Harry Potter‘s Miranda Richardson, who teases that her aspect-time psychic, Madame Tracy, may have much more likely on than she lets on. “We discover she has a legitimate talent for becoming in contact with the other aspect.”
Longtime fans of the e book have been ready for an onscreen version ever since a 2002 aspect effort and hard work, with Robin Williams and Johnny Depp in talks to star, hit funding troubles. Soon after Pratchett’s loss of life in 2015, Gaiman been given a letter from his late coauthor, inquiring him to spearhead the adaptation solo. So, he obtained to perform. “It felt like Terry and Neil were there together,” says Douglas Mackinnon, who directed all 6 episodes.
For Gaiman, his initial time overseeing an complete production “was an instruction and a delight.” (He also wrote every single script.) “We experienced a cast of above 240 speaking elements, and the individuals who were in it have been coming to us and declaring, ‘This is the finest thing I was at any time in,'” he notes. “It can be glorious to be a portion of a little something I can be so happy of. On that front, we know we did one thing proper.’ And hey, it would not be the end of the earth if they didn’t. Or would it?
With extra reporting by Emily Aslanian.
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