Set to broadcast in 2018 on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC, Good Omens is written by Neil Gaiman, who will also serve as showrunner. BBC Studios is co-producing the series with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide, who have licensed the global SVOD rights to Amazon. Good Omens will broadcast on the BBC in the UK, following its premiere on Prime Video.
Says Gaiman: “Almost 30 years ago Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11 year-old Antichrist, witch-finders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry was alive to see it.”
Chris Sussman, head of comedy, BBC Studios, says: “Good Omens has always been one of my favourite books, and it’s hugely exciting not just to be able to bring it to life, but to do so with scripts from Neil Gaiman himself. It feels like a good time to be making a comedy about an impending global apocalypse.”
Executive producers of Good Omens are Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who) and Chris Sussman (Fleabag) for BBC Studios; Rob Wilkins (Choosing To Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia. Each episode of Good Omens is one hour long.
If you’re not familiar with the book, then according to The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies) the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon – both of whom have lived among Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle – are not actually looking forward to the coming war.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
- First Look At Bilquis In American Gods