Sir Derek Jacobi to Play the Voice of God in Good Omens TV Series

Sir Derek Jacobi to Play the Voice of God in Good Omens TV Series

Posted by December 15, 2017 Comment

Neil Gaiman has revealed that Sir Derek George Jacobi will be playing the Metatron, the Voice Of God in the upcoming adaptation of his and the late Sir Terry Pratchett‘s novel Good Omens.

A long-standing stage actor through the twentieth century, it was his starring role as the Emperor Claudius in the 1976 adaptation of I Claudius that brought him national fame, though in recent years his work as the lead in the medieval drama series Cadfael, voicing In The Night Garden, playing The Master in Doctor Who, starring alongside Sir Ian McKellen in the sitcom Vicious and playing Alan Buttershaw in Last Tango in Halifax will be more familiar.

 

And he’s given Neil Gaiman the jitters…

We understand, Neil, we understand!

Good Omens will be filming in London, Oxfordshire and locations in South Africa. Equal parts humour and horror, fantasy and drama, it is written by Neil Gaiman who is serving as Showrunner and will launch in 2019 on Amazon Prime before going on to BBC Two at a later date.

Commenting on the start of production, Gaiman says: “People have fallen in love with an angel and a demon in a book by Terry Pratchett and me, and they have been excited and nervous to see how they would appear on screen – and I was probably the most nervous and excited of all. This is a first look. Michael Sheen is the best and finest of bookseller angels, David Tennant the coolest and most delightful of demons. Together they are one hell of a double act (or do I mean one made in Heaven?)”

Confirmed to be joining Sheen and Tennant in the cast are Adria Arjona (Anathema Device), Nina Sosanya (Sister Mary Loquacious), Jack Whitehall (Newt), Michael McKean (Shadwell), Miranda Richardson (Madame Tracy), Ned Dennehy (Hastur) and Ariyon Bakare (Ligur).

Good Omens was commissioned for Amazon Prime Video by Amazon Studios and for BBC Two by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two; Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC commissioning editor Gregor Sharp. It is being produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide.

Good Omens will launch globally on Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories in 2019 including in the UK, where it will also air on BBC Two at a later date. BBC Worldwide distributes rights for Good Omens internationally, after the series premiere on Prime Video. The series will be brought to the screen by the highly acclaimed director/executive producer Douglas Mackinnon, whose credits include Knightfall, Dirk Gently, Doctor Who, Outlander and the standalone Victorian episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie last year.

(Last Updated December 15, 2017 12:45 pm )

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