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The Color of Magic 

The Colour of Magic (original title)
A cowardly wizard is roped into a life of adventure. A tale from the first 2 books of Terry Pratchett's fantasy series "Discworld"
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Complete series cast summary:
 Rincewind (2 episodes, 2008)
 Twoflower (2 episodes, 2008)
 Trymon (2 episodes, 2008)
 Patrician (2 episodes, 2008)
 Narrator (2 episodes, 2008)
 Death (2 episodes, 2008)
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
 Picture Imp (2 episodes, 2008)
 Death (2 episodes, 2008)
Michael Mears ...
 Jiglad Wert (2 episodes, 2008)
 Lumuel Panter (2 episodes, 2008)
 Ganmack Treehallett (2 episodes, 2008)
Richard da Costa ...
 Luggage / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Philip Philmar ...
 Astrozoologist 1 / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
 Astrozoologist 2 (2 episodes, 2008)


A cowardly wizard is roped into a life of adventure. A tale from the first 2 books of Terry Pratchett's fantasy series "Discworld"

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23 March 2008 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The colors of the pattern on Twoflower's shirt aren't as garish as the description in the book, but they had to be chosen to avoid primary colors, or they'd have vanished in the blue-screen/green-screen sequences. See more »


In one scene, Twoflower is offered a dagger, which he takes by the blade. See more »


Death: Don't mind me. I've got a book to read.
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Crazy Credits

Both episodes had the same end-credits cast list although some characters only appeared in one episode. See more »


Followed by Going Postal (2010) See more »

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Hugely enjoyable adaptation of a Terry Prachett novel!
5 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I haven't read any of the DiscWorld books, and I know you are going to say i should. For a TV series, I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It looks beautiful, but I do agree that most of it lacks magic. The special effects, while overblown in places, aren't actually that bad, considering the track records of slapdash effects in TV series. Try the Chronicles of Narnia, very good, and faithful to the books, but the effects tend to let them down. As for the performances, what can i say? Very good indeed! David Jason, Britain's funniest living actor, gives a very funny performance of Rincewind, considering he wanted to do that role for years, though he may have been duller than what Pratchett intended. Sean Astin, of Lord of the Rings fame, is also a nice contrast to Jason's Rincewind. It's true that some of the humour is forced, but the chemistry between the two men compensate. Tim Curry was an inspired choice for Trymon, and he did a superb job, showing off his versatility, bringing back fond memories of his performances in films like Legend, the Three Musketeers and It. He wasn't too frightening, or campy, just in between.Christopher Lee was great as Death, great lines.("that's when they'll be taking my mask off" and "I think I've had another near-Rincewind experience")The script had its downsides but was overall very funny. It is evident that the adaptation is unfaithful to the books, because I felt it could have done a little more with the ending, which was rather disappointing. Overall, an uneven but enjoyable adaptation of Terry Prachett, who actually liked the changes for once. Try telling Stephen King that! 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

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