Michael Sheen and David Tennant to star in major adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens for Amazon and BBC Two

Terry Pratchett - image credit Rob Wilkins

Award-winning actors Michael Sheen (Masters Of SexPassengers) and David Tennant (BroadchurchDoctor WhoJessica Jones) are to star in Good Omens, a six-part humorous fantasy drama, for Amazon and BBC Two.

Based on the well-loved and internationally bestselling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published by Transworld imprint Corgi, the series will be written by Gaiman and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, who won an Emmy Award for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride in 2016.

Sheen will star as the somewhat fussy angel and rare-book dealer Aziraphale, and Tennant will play the fast living demon Crowley, both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and of each other. So it’s really terrible news for both of them that, if Heaven and Hell have their way, the world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis has risen, tempers are flaring. The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse are ready to ride. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…

Commenting on the announcement, Neil Gaiman said: "If you are looking for actors to play two of the best-loved characters you and Terry Pratchett ever created, then, if you are very lucky and have been very good, you will get Michael Sheen and David Tennant to bring them to life. The best Welsh actor of his generation gets to be an angel, the best Scottish actor of his, a demon. Terry and I wrote Good Omens (I like to think it's one of the funniest novels ever written about the end of the world and how we are all going to die) almost 30 years ago. It's strange that it feels more relevant now than it ever did before. I only wish that Terry could be here to see it come to life with such a fantastic team."

Michael Sheen added: “I first read Good Omens as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite stories ever since. To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David's so I relish trying to save it with him.”

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