- Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
show_name = Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
caption = "Hogfather" series logo.
runtime = 189 min.
Terry Pratchett Vadim Jean
executive_producer = Rod Brown, Ian Sharples
Michelle Dockery David Jason Ian Richardson(voice) Marc Warren
network = Sky One
num_episodes = 2
website = http://www.skyone.co.uk/hogfather/
imdb_id = 0765458
preceded_by = "Wyrd Sisters"
followed_by = "
Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic"
"Terry Pratchett's Hogfather" is a two-part
televisionadaptation of the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, produced by The Mob, and first broadcast on Sky One, and in High Definition on Sky1 HD, over Christmas2006. First aired in two 1.5 hour episodes on the 17th and 18th of December 2006 at 20:00 UTC, it was the first live-action film adaptation of a " Discworld" novel. In 2007, the two episodes were rerunon Christmas Eveand Christmas Dayrespectively on Sky One and Sky1 HD.
"Hogfather" won the Interactivity Award at the 2007 BAFTA TV Awards for its use of the interactive options available on
The series closely follows the plot of the novel, in which the Hogfather, the Discworld equivalent to
Father Christmas, has gone missing, and Death is forced to take his place, while his granddaughter Susan attempts to find out what happened.
Michelle Dockery- Susan Sto Helit
David Jason- Albert
Marnix Van Den Broeke- Death
Ian Richardson- Death (voice)
Marc Warren- Jonathan Teatime
Joss Ackland- Mustrum Ridcully
*David Warner - Lord Downey
Neil Pearson- The Raven (voice)
Nigel Planer- Sideneyand Auditor (voice)
Pratchett himself has a cameo as a toymaker, in addition to his official script credit of 'Mucked About By'. Although not named in the original book or the script, Pratchett decided the toymaker was named Joshua Isme, and his shop was Toys Is Me (a play on
Toys R Us). The set dressing for the toyshop included appropriate labels.
The Death of Rats was credited as played by "Dorckey Hellmice", an anagram of "Michelle Dockery".
Both Nigel Planer, who plays Sideney and the voice of the Auditors, and Tony Robinson, who plays Mr Crumley, have been the readers for many of the audiobook editions of the Discworld novels, and have both had voice acting roles in the Discworld video games.
Ian Richardson also played
Francis Urquhartin the BBC series " House of Cards;" when Death says to Albert, smallcaps|You may think I've already thought of that, but I could not possibly comment, this mirrors a similar phrase of Urquhart's.
storyboarding for the film was by artist Stephen Briggs, who drew " The Streets of Ankh-Morpork" and " The Discworld Mapp". Bernard Pearsonwas involved with the 'look' of Ankh-Morpork. [Statements by Pearson at Discworld Convention 2006] Some interior and exterior scenes were shot in Spring 2005 at Sutton House, Hackney, with extensive use of artificial snow to create winter.
The film premiered at the
Curzon Cinemain Mayfairon Monday 27 November 2006. Part 1 and a teaser for part 2 were shown.
Beginning the second week of December, Sky began using a new Christmas ident for Sky One, Two and Three, featuring the Hogfather's sleigh and the message "Happy Hogswatch". The song "
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" was used on Hogfather radio advertisementswith the word "Hogfather" replacing " Santa Claus". A "making of" documentary entitled "The Whole Hog" was shown on Sky One on the 10th. The film was shown on the 17th and 18th of December on Sky One, and was repeated shortly afterwards on Christmas Dayand Boxing Day.
The CGI for the show was done by
Moving Picture Company, one of the largest post production companies in Europe. The firm employs upwards of 450 people and is based in Soho, London.
"Terry Pratchett's Hogfather" was released in the UK (R2) on 23 April 2007 in both standard and limited-edition packaging. The making of the Hogfather is also available on iTunes as a free video podcast.
The limited edition release is a two-disc set, with an individually numbered case and signed card from Terry Pratchett. The second disc contains special features, including:
*;Deleted Scenes:Bilious (the Oh God of Hangovers) introducing and explaining himself to Susan:Death and Albert discovering the altered Hogswatch card:Further explanation on the role of the ancient Hogfather
*;12 Days of Hogswatch (Death's Guide to Discworld):A series of 4 1/2 minute featurettes in which Death interviews Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and others to explain various apects of Discworld. The subjects are::The Discworld:Death:Susan:The city of
Ankh-Morpork: Unseen University:Albert:Nobbs and Visit:Mr Teatime:Mr Sideney:Hex:The Auditors:The Hogfather
*;"The Whole Hog: Making Terry Pratchett's Hogfather" documentary
The first U.S. screening was on
November 25, 2007(7:00PM) on ION Television. The film was released on DVD exclusively from Borders Books and Musicon November 18, 2007, followed by a general release on March 3, 2008. None of the extras from the British limited edition DVD are included, the only extras being an interview with Terry Pratchett and the original trailer.
Both parts of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather were shown on German TV (
ProSieben) on 25th December 2007 as a double-feature.
Both parts of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather were shown on French TV (M6) on 24th December 2007 as a double-feature, under the name "Les Contes du Disque-Monde" (
Both parts of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather were shown on the Seven network in Australia. They were shown over two days. Part one was shown on December 23 2007 and part two was shown on December 24th 2007.
* [http://www.skyone.co.uk/hogfather/ Official Sky One "Hogfather" site]
* [http://www.hogfatherdvd.com Official "Hogfather" DVD site]
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