If you start seeing dead people, you may have a problem... After they hear their cemetery is going to be sold as a building site, Johnny certainly has. Especially since the dead want him to...
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Based on the book by Terry Pratchett, the adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Johnny Maxwell and his four friends when they come to the aid of eccentric homeless woman, Mrs Tachyon, and ... See full summary »
Under the floorboards of an old department store live the nomes, tiny people for whom things like Outside and Sun and Rain are just daft old legends. Then a group of new nomes arrive from ... See full summary »
A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.
If you start seeing dead people, you may have a problem... After they hear their cemetery is going to be sold as a building site, Johnny certainly has. Especially since the dead want him to stop it. And the dead are getting restless. They are not going to take this lying down; especially since it's almost Halloween... What are cemeteries for anyway? What can anyone do about anything? Will Johnny be able to stop the juggernaut of Policy and Commerce (and be in bed by ten)?Written by
Andrew Falvey, who played the title part of 12 year old Johnny Maxwell, the same role he played in dramatized excerpts from Terry Pratchett's book in this earlier documentary, recalls: "One of the highlights of filming was when Terry Pratchett came out to the shoot one day and said I was the perfect Johnny. I just went bright red, I was so pleased." See more »
After just watching the entire series I am compelled to report. This is a series made with feeling for Pratchett's fine book of the same title. The casting was surprising and jolly well done. Brian Blessed tend to steal the show at times with his spirited portrayal of William Stickers, the last communist in a world without communists.
And the parts of the children might be even better than the new series about Johnny and the bomb. I especially liked Jo-less, who is absolutely true to the books. Though I had my doubts about the casting of Andrew Falvey as Johnny Maxwell, it dissipated through the course of the series; his performance during the public meeting was stunning.
Practically every line in the series was almost verbatim from the book, and the cemetery location was beautiful. It was (positively) surprising to see Mrs. Tachyon in the pub and later in the cemetery. Stanley Roundway is visible in the dance sequence, but had no other role here.
The only addition to the book are the strange (and almost disturbing) dream sequences of Johnny. It added, however, to the whole.
All in all, certainly recommended, but certainly for any fans of this Johnny book.
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