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Going Postal... 
7th-Jun-2010 06:12 pm
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Since Going Postal is one of the few Pratchett's I have actually read, I was sort of OVERJOYED to see that it had been made into a telething. Especially since, oh my goodness, Richard Coyle is perfect as Moist. And then you've also got Charles Dance and David Suchet. (I forget that Suchet is English almost all the time, but, by God, his voice is sexy when he's playing evil. That's right, baby, I just had impure thoughts about Poirot. ALSO, you all know how I feel about hammy archvillain acting. I kind of love it, when it's done by an actor I know can also be startlingly subtle.) Also, Stanley is amazing, and Ian Bonar reminds me of Lee Ingleby.

I thought it was really well done. I probably shouldn't be surprised, since I liked the Sky production of Hogfather (I haven't watched The Colour of Magic yet.) It likely helps that I'm not a hardcore fan or aficionado, but yeah, I really liked it. It had the tone of the book wonderfully and, considering, as a telething, it was a lot shorter than the book could be, managed to fit in a lot of what made the book awesome.
7th-Jun-2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Ooh, I think I need see it based on the cast alone. I've never gotten into Pratchett so I would probably enjoy it. I've read a few of his books and I liked them well enough but not quite enough to persue reading him. As I'm a Gaiman fan I do adore Good Omens, though.
7th-Jun-2010 09:46 am (UTC)
I definitely recommend it.

I liked the three Pratchett books I read. I should read more. I probably won't, for a while.
7th-Jun-2010 09:16 am (UTC)
I didn't watch it but saw the pictures of David Suchet and he looked absolutely delicious - but then I have had impure thoughts about Poirot, I'm afraid!

Edited at 2010-06-07 09:16 am (UTC)
7th-Jun-2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Suchet indeed looked fabulous.

I've had impure thoughts about Poirot/Hastings before.
7th-Jun-2010 10:22 am (UTC) - Vulgar self-pimp moment
I've had impure thoughts about Poirot/Hastings before.

Can I take it you've read The Real Captain Hastings?

Edited at 2010-06-07 10:24 am (UTC)
7th-Jun-2010 10:43 am (UTC) - Re: Vulgar self-pimp moment
I haven't yet, but thanks for the link :D

(I'm sort of notorious for not reading, so please don't take offence if you never get a comment from me. When I read, I comment. I just don't read all that often.)
7th-Jun-2010 10:54 am (UTC) - Re: Vulgar self-pimp moment
Fair enough!
7th-Jun-2010 09:34 am (UTC)
Ha. Richard Coyle was in the year above me in my college at York Uni. We have friends in common -- so you can do the 6 degrees of separation thing and get to all kinds of people now...
7th-Jun-2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Oh wow.

He's really good.
7th-Jun-2010 10:40 am (UTC)
It was rather glorious, wasn't it?

Also -I feel I should point out that my beloved Claire Foy was genius as Adora Belle Dearheart. I never knew she could play steely like that. (They said in SFX that they wanted to play her like a 1930s style starlet - I think they pulled it off.)
7th-Jun-2010 10:42 am (UTC)
YES. At first I was all "er, she's waaaay too young." And then I gave her a minute to prove to me I was a fucking idiot. She was BRILLIANT.
7th-Jun-2010 10:53 am (UTC)
I just want to draw sparkly hearts all around her all the time.

Have you checked out Pulse? It's a medical almost-horror from BBC3's new pilot season. If enough people like it, like Being Human, it'll get a full series. I really want people to like it. And, besides, it also has Foxy Stephen Campbell Moore in it - though he's not a nice man.

I mention Pulse because Claire Foy takes the main character. And that, plus Going Postal, plus her role in Little Dorrit show that she has pretty phenomenal range - each character is so different.
7th-Jun-2010 10:56 am (UTC)
I can see why!

Mmm, Pulse. I'll check it out!
7th-Jun-2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the postive. I've been seeing all these negative posts, or at best highly qualified negative posts on my flist, even though I love it to bits (apart from the one gripe I did post about).

I *am* a huge Pratchett fan, and I'm now in the middle of a reread of the book, but even though I can see what was missed, it doesn't bother me one whit. Also, I'd never before thought of Richard Coyle as sexy. Consider that fixed. :-)

8th-Jun-2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
It doesn't surprise me at all that there were negative posts. I remember them after Hogfather. Do people not realise that a mini-series could never match a novel? The budget would have had to be massive!
8th-Jun-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Going postal is a wonderful book and one I would definitely recommend to a friend!

Yet another reason to lament Pratchett's illness :(
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