BBC Studios and Amazon unite for a new major comedy series based on the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel Good Omens.
On the eve of the Apocalypse, the Antichrist goes missing.
Good Omens is a humorous depiction of the Apocalypse and a modern day world where 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.
Writer Neil Gaiman said: “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, said: “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.”
The comedy series will be part of BBC Studios' separate production entity, which is set to launch as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BBC in 2017.
Mark Linsey, Director BBC Studios, said: “This is a fantastic achievement that comes as we begin to grow our global customer base, and it demonstrates there is considerable appetite for BBC Studios to make programmes for other broadcasters once we launch as a commercial player. I’m delighted that this major production is with a writer of Neil Gaiman’s stature and we look forward to developing more exciting, innovative projects like this in future.”
Good Omens will premiere on Prime Video, followed by it's broadcast on the BBC in the UK.
The six-part comedy series will be co-produced by BBC Studios alongside Narrativia and The Blank Corporation.
The production is in association with BBC Worldwide, who have licensed the global SVOD rights to Amazon.