Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Image shows from L to R: Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance), Rufus Drumknott (Steve Pemberton), Stanley Howler (Ian Bonar), Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy), Mustrum Ridcully (Timothy West), Tolliver Groat (Andrew Sachs), Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle), Sachrissa Cripslock (Tamsin Greig), Crispin Horsefly (Madhav Sharma), Reacher Gilt (David Suchet). Image credit: The Mob Film Co.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal

On Discworld, arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig is made Postmaster of Ankh-Morpork's rundown Postal Service. Richard Coyle stars

AKA:
Going Postal
Genre:
Comedy Drama
Broadcast:
2010  (Sky1)
Episodes:
2 (1 series)
Starring:
Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Charles Dance, Claire Foy, Steve Pemberton, Andrew Sachs, Tamsin Greig, John Henshaw, Kerry Shale, Paul Barber, Ian Bonar
Writers:
Terry Pratchett, Bev Doyle, Richard Kurti
Production:
The Mob Film Co

A TV comedy drama adaptation of Going Postal, the most successful novel in the "Discworld" comic fantasy series by Terry Pratchett. The magical Discworld is flat and resting on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of Great A'Tuin, a giant star turtle of unknown gender.

Going Postal is the story of arch-swindler Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) and the beautiful, vengeful Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy). A life long travelling con-artist, Lipwig's crimes finally catch up with him in Ankh-Morpork, the largest city on the Disc. Faced with death by hanging, Lipwig is spared by the city's ruler Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance), who sees him as the perfect man for the role of Postmaster in the decrepit Ankh-Morpork post office.

Faced with an almost impossible task, and making an immediate enemy of bloodthirsty tyrant Reacher Gilt (David Suchet), owner of the rival money-hungry Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly, Lipwig's first instinct is to run. That is until he meets the spellbinding Adora. Captivated by her beauty and brains, Lipwig will try anything to win her affections... little knowing the part he has played in her family's downfall.

Our Review: Some fans have experessed disappointment that the two-parter was not as faithful to author Terry Pratchett's book as they had expected. The most common criticisms ranged from certain characters not being included to the appearance of Charles Dance as a blonde Lord Vetinari (in the novels, he is black-haired).

Nevertheless, Going Postal enjoyed notably higher viewing figures than most Sky One programming, and was generally well-received by both viewers and critics, who wrote highly of the production's grand scale and the quality of the cast.