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Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
Hogfather-sky.png
Hogfather series logo.
Format Fantasy, comedy
Created by Terry Pratchett
Vadim Jean
Starring Michelle Dockery
David Jason
Ian Richardson (voice)
Marc Warren
Narrated by Ian Richardson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 2
Production
Executive producer(s) Rod Brown, Ian Sharples
Running time 189 min.
Broadcast
Original channel Sky One
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Chronology
Preceded by Wyrd Sisters
Followed by Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic
External links
Official website

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather is a two-part television adaptation 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 Christmas 2006. 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 rerun on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day respectively 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 digital television.

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Plot

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.

Main cast

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 Urquhart in the BBC series House of Cards; when Death says to Albert, you may think i've already thought of that, but i could not possibly comment, this mirrors a similar phrase of Urquhart's.

Production

The storyboarding for the film was by artist Stephen Briggs, who drew The Streets of Ankh-Morpork and The Discworld Mapp. Bernard Pearson was involved with the 'look' of Ankh-Morpork.[1] 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 Cinema in Mayfair on 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 advertisements with 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 Day and Boxing Day.

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CGI effects

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.

DVD release

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 four 1-2 minute featurettes in which Death interviews Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and others to explain various apects of Discworld. The subjects are:
  • The Whole Hog: Making Terry Pratchett's Hogfather documentary

Differences from the novel

Though the film was quite faithful to the novel, even in script, there were a few changes. The Death of Rats is reduced to a one-scene cameo in the film where it reaps the soul of a mouse caught in a trap on Hogswatchnight, and then watches Death deliver presents, whereas in the novel it appears much more often with Quoth the Raven. The invasion of the tooth castle is covered in more detail in the movie, as is the gathering and controlling of the teeth. The annihilation of Teatime's associates is differed because two of them were removed; thus, instead of Sideney being caught in the playground of his old elementary school (with curls), he was killed by the Scissor Man. The Cheerful Fairy and the Towel Wasp are both removed, along with any mention of the Money Bag Goblin by the Dean. Mention of Bibulous, the opposite brother of Bilious, is removed, and so is the Hangover Imp that is pounding Bilious' head in the scene where Susan meets him.

U.S. debut

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 Music on 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.

German debut

Both parts of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather were shown on German TV (ProSieben) on 25 December 2007 as a double-feature.

French debut

Both parts of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather were shown on French TV (M6) on 24 December 2007 as a double-feature, under the name Les Contes du Disque-Monde (Discworld's Tales)

Australian debut

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 24 2007.

References

  1. ^ Statements by Pearson at Discworld Convention 2006

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather is a 2006 television adaptation of the Discworld novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett. When the Hogfather (the Discworld equivalent of Santa Claus) goes missing on Hogswatchnight, Death is forced to take his place while his granddaughter Susan tries to find out what happened.

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Narrator

  • Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree. There is the constant desire to find out where - where is the point where it all began. But much, much later than that the Discworld was formed. Drifting onwards through space...atop four elephants on the shell of a giant turtle, the great A'Tuin. It was some time after its creation when most people forgot that the very oldest stories of the beginning are sooner or later about blood. At least that's one theory. The philosopher Didactylos suggested an alternative hypothesis: 'things just happen, what the hell'. And so our story begins in Ankh-Morpork, the twin city of proud Ankh and pestilent Morpork, the biggest city in Discworld. A city where magic is just another job, and where the Tower of Art of the Unseen University for Wizards looms over all the dark narrow streets...Our story begins on a midwinter festival bearing a remarkable similarity to your Christmas. And so...it was the night before Hogswatch.

Death

  • Could I give you a hand?.
  • Onwards, Binky, to the Hogfather's Castle of Bones.
  • Oh, yes, and um...Ho Ho Ho.
  • Applesauce.
  • Do YOU Believe?
  • You might think I'd already thought of that, but I couldn't possibly comment.
  • I don't know if you noticed, Albert, but that was a pun, or play on words.
  • I am last minute stuff.
  • There has to be something in the stocking that makes a noise. Otherwise, what is 4:30 A.M. for?

Susan Sto Helit

  • And then Jack chopped down what was the world's last beanstalk, adding murder and ecological terrorism to the theft, enticement, and trespass charges already mentioned, and all the giant's children didn't have a daddy anymore. But he got away with it and lived happily ever after, without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done...which proves that you can be excused for just about anything if you are a hero, because no one asks inconvenient questions.
  • Go away, I don't do that stuff anymore.
  • (To monster): Go away and stop bothering me.
  • His name is Bilius. He's the Oh God of Hangovers.
  • (To Mr. Teatime, as she slaps him): Hello, inner child, I'm the inner babysitter!

Others

  • Man: Ye gods, there's a girl out here with a poker!
  • Twyla: Susan says, don't get afraid, get angry.
  • Mr. Teatime: (About Banjo) What is this? Does it do tricks? (Laughs) It looks like a volcano.
  • Ridcully: In my day, when I was an undergraduate, I wouldn't have been studying on Hogswatchnight. It's just not natural.
  • Mr. Sideney: It's a very enemy-friendly spell. Sir.
  • Mr. Brown: There you are, I've unlocked it. (Banjo pushes the door in) And Banjo's opened it.
  • Banjo: (flinging Mr. Teatime toward a fatal fall) No pulling girls' hair. That's bad!

Dialogue

Lord Downey: The doors are locked. The windows are barred. The dog does not appear to have woken up. The squeaky floorboards haven't. I really doubt that you are a ghost. And gods generally do not announce themselves so politely. You could of course be Death, but I don't believe he bothers with such niceties - besides, I'm feeling quite well. (Auditor appears.) Hm. Good evening.
Auditor: Good evening, Lord Downey.
Lord Downey: You wish someone inhumed?
Auditor: Brought to an end.
Lord Downey: Our scale of fees -
Auditor: The payment will be three million dollars.
Lord Downey: No questions asked, I assume.
Auditor: No questions answered.
Lord Downey: We need to know your name. Or names. In strict client confidentiality, of course.
Auditor: You may think of us as...the Auditors.
Lord Downey: Really? What do you audit?
Auditor: Everything. We maintain the logical order of the Universe.
Lord Downey: I think we need to know a little more than that.
Auditor: We are the people with three million dollars.
Lord Downey: We need to know where, when, and, of course, who.
Auditor: The location is not on any map, and we need the task to be completed by sunrise tomorrow. This is essential. As for the who - let us call him the Fat Man.
Chickenwire: That's a wizard.
Mr. Sideney: No I'm not! I'm incognito.
Lilywhite: Yeah...right.
Albert: What good is a god that gives you everything you want?
Death: You have me there.
Wizard: Be careful, Archchancellor! What you have there may represent pure sobriety.
Oh God of Hangovers: I'll try it.
Susan: My grandfather is Death.
Oh God of Hangovers: Ooohh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Susan: Death. You know, Death. The robes, the scythe, the white horse, bones. Death. But at the moment he's acting rather strange.
Oh God of Hangovers: I just wanna make sure I've got this clear. You think your grandfather is Death and you think he's acting strange.
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