A con artist is conned into taking the job as Postmaster General in the Ankh-Morpork Post Office.
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 Drumknott (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Miss Cripslock (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Crispin Horsefry (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Spools (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Stanley Howler (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Pump (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Pump (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Mr. Gryle (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Sergeant Angua (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Postman (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Groat (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Ridcully (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Moist Von Lipwig (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Lord Vetinari (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Adora Belle Dearheart (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Reacher Gilt (2 episodes, 2010)
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Based on Terry Pratchett's 33rd Discworld novel involves a skillful con artist Moist Von Lipwig who finds the tables turned and it's he himself who conned into becoming the Ankh-Morpork Postmaster General. A position that has not been filled in years. Written by Richard Johnson

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The last line, spoken by Terry Pratchett (as a postman), is "That's a bit of an embuggerance". This is a reference to Sir Terry's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, which he's always referred to as 'A Wretched Embuggerance". See more »

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When the Postmaster goes up onto the roof to pray, the clacks are working, although Adora they were all frozen and out of commission. See more »

Quotes

Moist Von Lipwig: Adora, those things I said on the gallows, when I was staring death in the face, about the gentlest touch of all... you do know I meant every word?
Adora Belle Dearheart: Yes. It's amazing the rubbish some people spout when they're trying to save their lives.
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The author of the book on which this miniseries is based, Terry Pratchett, is credited in the opening credits of both parts with the line '"Mucked About" by Terry Pratchett' See more »

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Follows The Color of Magic (2008) See more »

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Not all it could have been, but still a very entertaining 3 hours.
22 August 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I've only come to the Discworld fairly recently and 'Going Postal' was the first book I read. I've found it one of the most enjoyable books in the series, and Moist Von Lipwig is by far and away my favourite character. So I had a vested interest in this, Sky's third adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel.

After the first episode aired, I was in raptures. It was well filmed, the script was good, it had remained fairly faithful to the plot and it appeared to be well cast (although all the way through I expected Richard Coyle to jump into the TARDIS as there's something very Doctor Who-ish about his performance. And I thought Adora Belle Dearheart wasn't written very well at all). The second episode, however, was very disappointing. It seemed that the writers had read half of 'Going Postal' and then left their copy on the bus so had to resort to making the end of the story up. I cannot understand why they would change it so drastically. There's artistic license, and then there's sheer stupidity.

I guess we cannot expect any better from the writers. For a screenplay to be 100% true to the book, Pratchett would have to write it himself and now that's never going to happen. I would have liked to have seen them have a crack at 'Making Money' but their ending of 'Going Postal' hardly segues smoothly into the following book.

I prefer 'Hogfather', but 'Going Postal' is still very entertaining. You just have to try to forget ever having read the book.


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