The trailer for the six-episode TV mini-series Good Omens has been released.
The series is based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which is based on the Apocalypse, the Rapture, and the Book of Revelation. It is a funny book, written in a style that is a cross between Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the British schoolboy fiction William series by Richmal Crompton that I very much enjoyed as a boy.
The premise of the book is that careful plans for the Apocalypse go agley when there is a mistake in the nursery of the obstetrics ward of a hospital when a careless nun absentmindedly switches two babies and the wrong newborn is identified as the Antichrist who is later supposed to bring about the end of the world. Nothing goes according to plan after that.
It has a first-rate cast. The main roles are played by Michael Sheen as the good angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as the demon Crowley who, while they have been given opposing assignments, have over time developed a rapport and friendship. A lot of other well-known actors play cameos, such as Frances McDormand as Aziraphale’s boss God and Benedict Cumberbatch as Crowley’s boss Satan.
There were plans over a decade ago to make a feature film directed by Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam and possibly starring Johnny Depp and Robin Williams, but the project apparently got cancelled due to lack of funding. That is probably a good thing. I think the complexity of the story requires more time to tell well and a mini-series would work better.
The series begins on May 31 and I am looking forward to seeing it. Unfortunately it is being shown in the US on Amazon Prime which I do not subscribe to. I will have to wait for the DVD to come out. The series was produced by the BBC which means that people in the UK may be able to see it on that channel.