When it comes to the world of fantasy, is there a wrong way to do it? When telling stories about fairies, goblins, elves, golems, and sorcerers, do we need to stick to a script? We have our favorite stories like the ones that take place in Middle-Earth. But we also like to have fun like they do in the world of Netflix’s Disenchanted. If your looking for a modern twist on the genre you can also turn to Netflix’s Bright. There are many creative ways to tell entertaining fantasy stories.
Now BBC America brings us another way to look at the world of fantasy with their newest original series, The Watch. This series is set to premiere on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 on BBC America. Like most heroic tales it follows a very unlikely group of misfits. The City Watch, who serve as law and order, has a problem. The rise of guilds has made their line of work sort of pointless. You can no longer arrest a thief if they are in the thieves guild. Or if someone kills a person if they are in the assassins guild.
Yet somehow they are forced to get it together to save the world. This comedic and thrilling series puts trolls, werewolves, wizards, and other kinds of heroes against a plan to bring back to life a great dragon. One which will cause the destruction of life as they know it.
The Watch comes from lead writer and executive producer Simon Allen. Inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. It stars Richard Dormer, Lara Rossi, Adam Hugill, Marama Corlett, and Wendell Price.
Ahead of the release of BBC’s The Watch, LRM Online had the opportunity to talk with the star or the series, Richard Dormer. He plays the lead role of Sam Vimes, captain of The City Watch. His character is dealing with a ghost from his past as well as trying to keep what’s left of The City Watch in line. During the interview, we talk about his character’s personality and how his peers see him. We also talk about the series’ tone and how they balance the thrills and laughs. You can check it out down below!
The Watch’s two-episode premiere is on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT. In addition, AMC+, the company’s new premium streaming bundle, will exclusively premiere the first episode of The Watch on Thursday, December 31, with additional episodes being added weekly timed their linear premiere on BBC AMERICA.