Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal

Sky One comedy drama the postal service of Discworld. 2 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Charles Dance, Claire Foy and others.

Moist Von Lipwig

AKA: Albert Spangler.  Con Artist; Postmaster of Ankh-Morpork.   Played by: Richard Coyle
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Originally from Uberwald (Discworld's "Germanic" lands), Moist Von Lipwig was orphaned at an early age and thus was raised by his grandfather. He was bullied at school and so ran away and became a travelling conman. During this time, Lipwig became an expert forger and used a number of aliases, including Albert Spangler. It was under the name of Spangler that he was caught and faced execution in Ankh-Morpork.

However, he is spared by the city's ruler Lord Vetinari, who sees him as the perfect man to become Postmaster of Ankh-Morpork's rundown postal service... it's a job which quickly earns him enemies and lots of danger.

Reacher Gilt

Businessman; Chairman of the Grand Trunk Company.   Played by: David Suchet
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Reacher Gilt (David Suchet). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

A ruthless businessman with a piratical appearance, Reacher Gilt is a shameless fraudster who maintains his monopoly by having anybody who may pose a threat to him killed. Gilt is chairman of the Grand Trunk Company, having stolen the business from the Dearheart family. His business runs the "Clacks" - a system of semaphore towers which are Discworld's version of the internet.

Lord Vetinari

AKA: Lord Havelock Vetinari.  Patrician of Ankh-Morpork.   Played by: Charles Dance
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

The current Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Havelock Vetinari was born into a wealthy and influential family. He was educated at the Assassins' Guild and is himself a former assassin. In his role as Patrician, he discovered that people only really want stability and that tomorrow should more or less resemble today.

It is said that Vetinari can accomplish more with irony than most others can with steel. He is an expert Thud player and plays a long-distance game with Lady Margolotta of Uberwald, communicating moves via Clacks.

Adora Belle Dearheart

Charity worker (The Golem Trust).   Played by: Claire Foy
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

The daughter of Robert Dearheart, founder of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and sister of the murdered John Dearheart, Adora is cynical, angry and a heavy smoker.

She previously worked in a bank but she lost her job when Moist Von Lipwig, before he knew her, ruined the banks.

Adora currently works for the Golem Trust, a charity dedicated to giving golems their freedom.

Rufus Drumknott

Cheif Clerk and Secretary to Lord Vetinari.   Played by: Steve Pemberton
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Rufus Drumknott (Steve Pemberton). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

A faithful and loyal servant to Lord Vetinari, Drumknott is the Patrician's chief clerk and secretary. A quiet and studious man, Drumknott is an excellent clerk, performing whatever task Vetinari requires. He is often one step ahead of his boss, providing him with whatever he needs before he asks for it.

Drumknott has a penchant for stationery and likes to design newer and more efficient forms of ring binder.

Tolliver Groat

AKA: Junior Postman Groat; Senior Postman Groat.  Junior Postman; Senior Postman.   Played by: Andrew Sachs
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Tolliver Groat (Andrew Sachs). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

One of the last two postmen remaining at Ankh-Morpork's Post Office, Groat is the oldest junior postman on the Disc (nobody stayed in the job of Postmaster long enough to promote him)... but shortly after Moist Von Lipwig's arrival as postmaster, Groat is promoted to senior postman.

He is unmarried and without children, but is the closest thing to family fellow postman Stanley has. Not one for personal hygiene, Groat's clothes, and appearance, have seen better days.

Sachrissa Cripslock

AKA: Miss Cripslock.  News Reporter.   Played by: Tamsin Greig
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Sachrissa Cripslock (Tamsin Greig). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

The "eclectically attractive" Sacharissa Cripslock, the daughter of an engraver, is a news reporter for Discworld's first newspaper, the Ankh-Morpork Times. Her choice of profession might seem odd considering she originally arrived at the print works to complain about the invention of moveable type.

Cripslock has an undeniable nose for news and is always first on the scene when a story breaks. Interestingly, she refers to herself as "Miss Cripslock", despite the fact she wears a wedding ring and is presumably married.

Mr. Pump

AKA: Pump 19.  Parole Officer.   Voiced by: Kerry Shale
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Mr. Pump. Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Mr. Pump is a golem who is tasked with serving as a parole officer-slash-assistant to Moist Von Lipwig. Mr. Pump got his start in the golem business by working in a hole pumping water (hence the name) for 240 years - his creators had failed to tell him when he was supposed to stop pumping, and golems never stop performing a task until said task is completed. His tracking skills are impeccable - Moist is powerless to escape him.

Stanley Howler

Postman; Head of Stamps.   Played by: Ian Bonar
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Stanley Howler (Ian Bonar). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

An orphan, born and raised by peas (don't ask) in Ankh-Morpork's Post Office, Stanley is a strange young man who learned to read from the envelopes waiting to be delivered. Obsessed with pins, he is a 'pinhead' collecting every type of pin known on the Disc. His infatuation with pins is soon overtaken by a new interest in stamps, becoming the Discworld's first stamp collector. Moist von Lipwig eventually makes Stanley the Post Office's first head of stamps.

Mustrum Ridcully

Archchancellor of Unseen University.   Played by: Timothy West
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Mustrum Ridcully (Timothy West). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Mustrum Ridcully is the Archchancellor of the Unseen University of Wizardry, Discworld's largest college of magic. Unlike most wizards, Ridcully is fond of the countryside, sport and healthy living, as well as being highly intelligent... but he tends not to think things through.

His one big achievement is seemingly to increase the life expectancy of wizards as, before him, most got promoted by killing those above them. Ridcully has managed to retain his job... even though it means those below him are scared of him.

Crispin Horsefly

Bookkeeper.   Played by: Madhav Sharma
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Crispin Horsefly (Madhav Sharma). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Horsefly is a loyal servant to Reacher Gilt, acting, among other things, as bookkeeper for the Grand Trunk Company. His attention to detail is meticulos as he records every payment made by the Grand Trunk Company in his ledger. This is something that Reacher Gilt may not be happy to discover.

Mr Gryle

Banshee assassin.   Played by: Adrian Schiller
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Mr Gryle (Adrian Schiller). Copyright: The Mob Film Co.

Mr Gryle is a figure of mystery and terror. An old legend tells us that Banshees cry over the houses of those who are going to die. Mr Gryle cuts out the middle man. As he tells Moist: "You know what they say; hear the cry of the Banshee... and DIE!!"

Mr Gryle has found steady employment with Reacher Gilt, a man who frequently needs obstacles removed from his life. Mr Gryle has little spare time, emotion or thought and takes care of these "problems" with no guilt and a hefty profit.