(Sp)ook Club #5 – Isolating and Adapting

We have returned…again! Yes, we made some time to sit down and record an Ook Club episode for you all. We discuss our feelings about living under Melbourne’s strict lockdown rules (ugh), the newly released trailer for BBC America’s The Watch (…mixed), and what we’ve been reading, watching and playing. Plus we answer a few questions from Discord subscribers, and throw in a couple we had to cut for time from #Pratchat36, “Home Alone, But Vampires“.

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Ow Notes

  • Check out the Bodgy Creek Community Podcast; Ben’s Night Terrace crossover appears in episode fifteen, “The Mutton Gully Portal”.
  • The Watch teaser trailer, along with a collection of brief clips, debuted online as part of the 2020 New York Comic-Con on October 9.
    • Vimes is played Richard Dormer, not Richard Armitage.
    • The Patrician is indeed played by Anna Chancellor.
  • TV shows and films we mentioned in our discussion of adaptations:
    • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Netflix, 2016-2017)
    • Dirk Gently (BBC, 2010 and 2012)
    • The Flash (The CW, 2016-present)
    • Electric Dreams (Channel 4, 2017)
    • ハウルの動く城, aka Howl’s Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli, 2004)
  • Cheery’s first appearance is in Feet of Clay, which is the third Watch book. It comes after Men at Arms and before Jingo. (Cheery plays only a very minor role in Jingo, which may explain Ben’s confusion.)
  • We mentioned all the previous screen adaptations of Pratchett’s work, including Hogfather, Going Postal and The Colour of Magic, in #Pratchat30, “Looking Widdershins“.
  • Narrativia’s exclusive screen adaptations deal (prominently displayed at narrativia.com at the time of publication) is with production company Motive Pictures and distributor Endeavour Content. Motive Pictures is a new company launched in 2019 by Simon Maxwell, backed by Endeavour. Maxwell didn’t actually produce Electric Dreams, the Philip K Dick series we discuss; rather he commissioned it as a co-production while Head of International Drama at Channel 4 Television. The team also includes Executive Producer Sam Lavender of Film4, who worked on The Favourite, The Lobster and The True History of the Kelly Gang.
  • Shows we’ve been watching:
    • The Haunting of Bly Manor (and its predecessor, The Haunting of Hill House)
    • Star Trek: Discovery season three (Ben’s Discovery podcast is re:Discovery with Carla Donnelly)
  • The podcast Who Watches the Watch are re-reading the Watch books and will recap and discuss The Watch series when it begins.
  • Books we’ve been reading:
    • Piranesi by Susannah Clarke
    • The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde (also mentioned: Early Riser, the fan convention The Fforde Fiesta, Shades of Grey)
  • Ben has been playing Rise of the Tomb Raider. See #Pratchat36 for the Tomb Raider reference in Carpe Jugulum.
  • The game Ben worked on as lead (though not quite solo) writer was Tin Man Games’ Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown for PlayStation VR, released in April 2019.
  • We have been playing (among other things):
    • Versions of Pandemic by Matt Leacock et al, including Pandemic: Fall of Rome and Pandemic Legacy: Season 2.
    • Print and play solo boardgames; these videos from Shut Up and Sit Down feature all the ones Ben’s tried and more.
    • Mortal Kombat XL (as discussed by Liz in the previous Ook Club)
  • There are no shortage of videos about Nicholas Cage, but the one Ben watched is Wisecrack’s “NICHOLAS CAGE’s Acting: is it Deep or Dumb?
  • Ben’s copies of A Hat Full of Sky and The Shepherd’s Crown are the Doubleday Gift Editions.
  • The Illustrated Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published in 1994 in an edition of 50,000. It’s not clear if there was ever a second printing.
  • When Ben says “non-Pratchett ones” at around 56:40, he means “non-Discworld ones”. We apologise for any confusion.

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