The end is nigh and the world’s only hope of survival is the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon. That’s the premise of Good Omens, Neil Gaiman’s upcoming BBC/Amazon co-production that’s based off the classic comedy fantasy novel by himself and the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett.
If you’ve read the cult classic, you’ll know that one-line summary is just the tip of the iceberg of a very weird, imaginative story and, if this latest promo for the show is anything to go by, the upcoming series won’t be diluting the off-the-wall tone of the book one bit. Suffice it to say, if you’ve ever wanted to see David Tennant dress up as a nanny from hell, you’re in luck.
The minute-long promo sees Tennant’s demon Crowley go incognito as the posh nanny of Adam Young (Sam Taylor Buck), who just so happens to be the Anti-Christ. “He’s coming into his power. We’re doomed,” Crowley worriedly says to his pal, the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen). “Welcome to the end-times,” says the angel, while sipping a cup of tea.
As well as Tennant and Sheen, Good Omens sports the sort of ridiculously-talented cast that could only gather for the end of the earth. Jon Hamm is the angel Gabriel, Frances McDormand is the voice of God and Benedict Cumberbatch is Satan. Also, look out for Jack Whitehall, Nick Offerman, Adria Arjona, Brian Cox, Mark Gatiss and many, many others.
As it’s based on a finite source material, Good Omens will only run for a single season consisting of a slim six episodes. Gaiman decided to helm the adaptation himself after Pratchett asked him to in one of their final conversations. From what we’ve seen so far, the TV show looks to have done the original novel justice and we imagine Sir Terry would likely be proud.