Hogfather (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller  |  25 November 2007 (USA)
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It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan / Death of Rats (as Michelle Dockery) (as Dorckey Hellmice)
Lord Downey
Vernon Crumley
Mr. Sideney
Medium Dave
Rhodri Meilir ...
Death / Narrator (voice)
Quoth the Raven (voice)
Nicholas Tennant ...
Corporal Nobbs (as Nicolas Tennant)
Constable Visit


It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

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Hogfather - Schaurige Weihnachten  »

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(2 parts) (DVD) | (2 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arthur White, who plays the Tooth Fairy's driver Ernie, is the brother of Sir David Jason, who plays Death's manservant Albert. See more »


In the last scene, when Death is looking out of the window, reflections of modern street lights can be seen on the glass. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree. There is the constant desire to find out where - where is the point where it all began. But much, much later than that, the Discworld was formed. Drifting onwards through space, atop four elephants on the shell of a giant turtle, the Great A'Tuin. It was some time after its creation when most people forgot that the very oldest stories of the beginning are, sooner or later, about blood. At least, that's one theory. The ...
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Crazy Credits

Terry Pratchett, the author of the "Hogfather" novel that this miniseries is based on, is credited in the opening credits with the line "Mucked About by Terry Pratchett". See more »


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Good Christmas fun
19 December 2006 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Good fun The story of the Hogfather revolves around a fictional world named 'Discworld' and a group of beings trying to stop Hogswatch (the Discworld equivalent of Christmas). Opposing them are a bumbling group of wizards, a babysitter who is more than she appears, and the personification of death itself.

The story leads itself in a fantastical ride with something for both adults and children (although there is some violence in parts, so maybe not suitable for the very young or fragile).

Don't be fooled into thinking this is another Harry Potter clone though. This film (and the book) is far deeper. At its core, it raises questions about the nature of belief and the human condition itself (All in a fun way though).

As a fan of Pratchett's books, when I noticed the UK subscriber channel 'Sky One' had commissioned this live action mini-drama, I was both hopeful and fearful. Hopeful that Pratchett's unique meld of fantasy and parody would come across well, but fearful that the medium change or the 'suits' would rob all of it's worth.

Thankfully, the end result came a lot closer to my hopes than my fears.

One of my major fears was that the whole humor would be changed from the subtleness within the books to a crude slapstick. I am pleased to announce that although some slapstick has been added (on the part of the wizards) the subtle jokes and references are still there. As for the story; I felt it came across well, although there were a few moments where people who have not read the book may be left struggling.

The sets, effects and costumes are all of a decent quality considering it was 'made for TV'. The notable exception is the costume of Death and the other non-humans. Unfortunately, these were obviously not budgeted enough and appeared inanimate and 'plasticy'.

The cast did a decent job, as you would expect from this group of veteran TV actors. Above the rest, a special mention should be given to Marc Warren for his truly creepy representation of Teatime.

Overall, there is something here for everyone here. Whether Child or Adult, Fan or Neophyte there is fun to be had.

Lets hope they make some more.

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