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Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
GenreFantasy, comedy
Created byTerry Pratchett
Vadim Jean
Directed byVadim Jean
StarringDavid Jason
Marc Warren
John Franklyn-Robbins
Michelle Dockery
Ian Richardson (voice)
Narrated byIan Richardson
ComposersPaul E. Francis, David A. Hughes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
Production
Executive producersRod Brown, Ian Sharples
Running time189 minutes
Release
Original networkSky1
Picture format16:9 (1080iHDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release17 December –
18 December 2006
Chronology
Preceded byWyrd Sisters
Followed byTerry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic
External links
Website

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather is a two-part television film adaptation of Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, produced by The Mob, and first broadcast on Sky1, and in High Definition on Sky1 HD, over Christmas 2006. First aired in two 1.5-hour episodes on 17 and 18 December 2006 at 20:00 UTC, it was the first live-action film adaptation of a Discworld novel. In 2007, the two episodes were rerun on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day respectively on Sky One and Sky1 HD.

Hogfather won the Interactivity Award at the 2007 BAFTA TV Awards for its use of the interactive options available on digital television.

Discworld (a.k.a. Discworld: The Trouble With Dragons) is a graphic adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions in mid-1995. It stars Rincewind the Wizard (voiced by Eric Idle) and is set on Terry Pratchett's Discworld. It was released on both floppy disk and CD-ROM, with the CD-ROM version featuring full voice acting for all characters. Discworld is a point-and-click adventure game that was developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions; and was published by Psygnosis in 1995. There are problems with the video tag Enlarge/Shrink Video. The Discworld Game Pages The popular Discworld CD-ROM adventure games for various computer platforms. The Discworld Game Pages are maintained by Chris McMullen. The Diplomat This section is dedicated to the AFPDip Diplomacy mailing lists, where play-by-email campaigns of that classic game (in various variants.

Plot[edit]

The series closely follows the plot of the novel, in which the Hogfather, the Discworld equivalent of Father Christmas, has gone missing and Death is forced to take his place while Death's granddaughter Susan attempts to find out what happened.

Main cast[edit]

ActorCharacters
David JasonAlbert
Marc WarrenJonathan Teatime
Michelle DockerySusan Sto Helit/Death of Rats (voice)
David WarnerLord Downey
John Franklyn-RobbinsThe Dean
Tony RobinsonVernon Crumley/Bed Monster
Nigel PlanerMr Sideney/Auditor (voice)
Peter GuinnessMedium Dave Cropper
Stephen MarcusBanjo Cropper
Craig ConwayWesley Chickenwire
Rhodri MeilirBilious
Sinead MatthewsViolet
Ian RichardsonDeath (voice)/Narrator (voice)
Marnix van den BroekeDeath (body)
Neil PearsonQuoth (voice)
Joss AcklandMustrum Ridcully
Nicholas TennantCorporal Nobbs
Richard KatzConstable Visit
John BoswallChair of Indefinite Studies

Discworld Puzzles

Pratchett himself has a cameo as a toymaker, in addition to his official script credit of 'Mucked About By'. Although not named in the original book or the script, Pratchett decided the toymaker was named Joshua Isme, and his shop was Toys Is Me (a play on Toys R Us). The set dressing for the toyshop included appropriate labels.

The Death of Rats was credited as played by 'Dorckey Hellmice', an anagram of 'Michelle Dockery'.

Both Nigel Planer, who plays Sideney and the voice of the Auditors, and Tony Robinson, who plays Mr Crumley, have been the readers for many of the audiobook editions of the Discworld novels, and have both had voice acting roles in the Discworld video games.

Ian Richardson also played Francis Urquhart in the BBC series House of Cards; Death's line to Albert, You may think I've already thought of that, but I could not possibly comment, mirrors a similar phrase of Urquhart's. This would be his last role on television shown before his death.

David Jason would later go on to play Rincewind in the adaptation of The Colour of Magic.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The storyboarding for the film was by artist Stephen Briggs, who drew The Streets of Ankh-Morpork and The Discworld Mapp. Bernard Pearson was involved with the 'look' of Ankh-Morpork.[1] Some interior and exterior scenes were shot in Spring 2005 at Sutton House, Hackney, with extensive use of artificial snow to create winter.

Writing[edit]

Though the film was quite faithful to the novel, even in script, there were a few changes. The Death of Rats is reduced to a one-scene cameo in the film where it reaps the soul of a mouse caught in a trap on Hogswatchnight, and then watches Death deliver presents, whereas in the novel it appears much more often with Quoth the Raven. The invasion of the tooth castle is covered in more detail in the movie, as is the gathering and controlling of the teeth. The annihilation of two of Teatime's associates were removed; thus, instead of Sideney being caught in the playground of his old elementary school (with curls), he was killed by the Scissor Man, and Catseye's fear of the dark is given to Mr. Brown. The Cheerful Fairy and the Towel Wasp are both removed, along with any mention of the Money Bag Goblin by the Dean. Mention of Bibulous, the opposite brother of Bilious, is removed, and so is the Hangover Imp that is pounding Bilious' head in the scene where Susan meets him. Medium Dave and Banjo's surname in the novel is 'Lilywhite', not 'Cropper', although Teatime refers to Medium Dave as 'Mr. Lilywhite' while threatening him in the tower, and Mr. Brown refers to their mother as 'Ma Lilywhite'. 'Chickenwire' is the character's surname in the film as opposed to a nickname in the book.

The line You might think I've already thought of that, but I could not possibly comment was added to Death's dialogue with Albert in the movie. It is iconically associated with Francis Urquhart, the protagonist of House of Cards played by Death's voice actor, Ian Richardson.

Special effects[edit]

The CGI for the show was done by Moving Picture Company.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

The film premiered at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair on Monday 27 November 2006. Part 1 and a teaser for part 2 were shown.

Beginning the second week of December, Sky began using a new Christmas ident for Sky One, Two and Three, featuring the Hogfather's sleigh and the message 'Happy Hogswatch'. The song 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' was used on Hogfather radio advertisements with the word 'Hogfather' replacing 'Santa Claus'. A 'making of' documentary entitled The Whole Hog was shown on Sky One on the 10th. The film was shown on the 17 and 18 December on Sky One, and was repeated shortly afterwards on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

International broadcast[edit]

The film has been aired in numerous countries. In December 2007, Australia's Seven Network aired the film across two nights, on 23 and 24 December. French network M6 aired both parts (as Les Contes du Disque-Monde (Tales of the Discworld) on Christmas Eve 2007, while Germany's ProSieben and the United States' ION doing the same (with the original title) on Christmas Day. It was also released on DVD in a two-tiered scheme in the US, being sold exclusively at Borders Book stores from 18 November 2007 to 3 March 2008, when it was released wide. None of the extras from the British limited edition DVD are included, the only extras being an interview with Terry Pratchett and the original trailer.

Home media[edit]

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather was released on DVD in the UK (R2) on 23 April 2007 in both standard and limited-edition packaging. The DVD is dedicated to the memory of Ian Richardson, who died shortly after the programme was broadcast. The making of the Hogfather is also available on iTunes as a free video podcast.

The limited-edition release is a two-disc set, with an individually numbered case and signed card from Terry Pratchett. The second disc contains special features, including:

  • Deleted Scenes
Bilious (the oh god of Hangovers) introducing and explaining himself to Susan
Death and Albert discovering the altered Hogswatch card
Further explanation on the role of the ancient Hogfather
  • 12 Days of Hogswatch (Death's Guide to Discworld)
A series of four 1–2-minute featurettes in which Death interviews Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and others to explain various aspects of Discworld. The subjects are:
The Discworld
Death
Susan
The city of Ankh-Morpork
Unseen University
Albert
Nobbs and Visit
Mr Teatime
Mr Sideney
Hex
The Auditors
The Hogfather
  • The Whole Hog: Making Terry Pratchett's Hogfather documentary

References[edit]

  1. ^Statements by Pearson at Discworld Convention 2006

External links[edit]

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Terry Pratchett's Hogfather
  • Hogfather on IMDb
  • 'Hogfather'. The L-Space Web.
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  1. Discworld Noir
4.65 / 5 - 69 votes

Description of Discworld Noir Windows

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Discworld Noir is the third and last PC game based on Terry Pratchett's popular fantasy universe. It is also my most favorite, even though Rincewind (the hero from the other two games) is nowhere to be found, and light-hearted humor has been replaced by forboding atmosphere and shady characters.

The one thing that Discworld Noir has in common with its predecessors, though, is the sharp British wit.. and droning dialogues that seem to take forever. Discworld Noir is set in the most depraved city in the Discworld, Ankh-Morpork, where the sun never shines (because it is always night). You play Lewton, a downtrodden P.I. who was once a member of the Watch (i.e. Discworld police) until he was fired for accepting a bribe. The beautiful and mysterious Carlotta just hired you to find Mundy, her ex-lover. As you start looking into Mundy's disappearance more missing persons cases present themselves to you. Missing persons start turning up dead with yours truly as the prime suspect. Throw in a missing artifact, some shady underworld characters, and the ex-girlfriend who broke you heart, and you have all the elements of classic Raymond Chandler noir novels.

In a refreshing break from the recent trend of 3D adventures, Discworld Noir is a traditional third-person adventure with a few novel twists. In addition to the standard point-and-click interface, you have a notebook that contains a list of suspects and clues. You can use the clues and suspects' names just like any other inventory item: by clicking on its name, then clicking on something else in the environment that you think relates to it. If the two things are related, you will gain new insights that often lead to new clue(s) appearing in the notebook. This way of simulating the deductive process is highly effective, and fool-proof-- since there are dozens of names and locations, it is nearly impossible to deduce new leads by simple trial-and-error.

There are also many other pleasant surprises that keep gameplay fresh and fun, such as a special ability that you also use via the inventory screen, and many unexpected plot twists. Since you are a P.I., it only makes sense that you will spend a lot of time talking to suspects. Unfortunately, this is one of the game's few weaknesses. While most of the conversation is witty, they are also excessively long-- not unlike the previous two Discworld games. The same criticism also applies to most of the cut-scenes, which end up being mere showcases of the game's 3D effects rather than integral to the plot. The voice acting is also overdone, although it is somewhat appropriate for the game's tongue-in-cheek noir style.

Despite all my nitpickings about the weak use of multimedia, though, Discworld Noir is an excellent adventure that's well worth the money. Its interesting plot and characters, great interface, and challenging puzzles really brings Lewton's world to life, and make the game's weaknesses seem trivial. Similar to Adventuresoft's Feeble Files, all 3 CDs of the game are packed with a lot of solid gameplay and great plot development. Although this underdog was never released in the US, it is still widely available from stores in Europe-based on-line stores at bargain prices. A must-have!

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Comments and reviews

DOGCHASER2020-10-160 point

Update: I found a way to make the colors look normal and not have to change your desktop resolution/color bit depth. After you replace the EXE, right click it, select Properties, and go to the Compatibility tab. Check 'Reduced color mode' and choose 16-bit color. (Also make sure 'Run this program as an administrator' is checked.)
Then you can run it out of the box fullscreen on Windows 10, or at least it's working fine for me without any changes. I didn't need to press ALT+ENTER to go to windowed mode while in the opening cutscene, either.
Running in compatibility mode also doesn't seem necessary.

DOGCHASER2020-10-161 point

Gta vice city full game

To FATSO/BEANS,
This is because you're opening the game in 32 bit color, and it doesn't know how to display it. You need to change the desktop to 16 bit color.
Check this page for more information: https://blog.ihobo.com/2015/02/how-to-run-discworld-noir.html

Fatso2020-08-181 point

I, like @BEANS here, am also having the same issue. Got the game to run and now the game looks like my graphics card took acid. I'm not sure how to fix it and would like any assistance you are willing to give.

Guy2020-06-152 points

If you get stuck on installing disc 2, unmount the first disc and then mount disc 2, Then unmount 2 to mount 3 etc

beans2020-05-311 point

I used the loma fix, so the game actually runs now, but my colours are completely messed up, and the screen is all scrunched to one side.
See this handy imgur album for deets - https://imgur.com/a/tU1FHtz
How do I fix this?

HulkPants2020-05-122 points

Any advice on just installing this? I cannot get past 'insert Disc 2'. I'm using Win10 via parallels on a Mac (I'm guessing that's not ideal) and have tried Win Xp compatibility but same issue.
I am desperate to get this working as it was always one of my favourite games to play on playstation, but not sure I can handle the slow loading and dodgy graphics now.

ARK72020-04-301 point

@NEWBIEDWFAN: This should help with install:
https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=64638

newbieDWfan2020-04-251 point

HI, I have a copy of the original CD, I have tried to use them, your zipfiles and the fix file all to no avail. Is there a guide for me to get this to work?? There is a youtube vid but it is too bleary for me to follow. I can follow instructions well, I am clearly missing something. With the fix file there is not 'setup.exe' and i can't dn.exe to run on its own. I now it is frustrating for tech literates to pander to one such as me but i'm a huge Discworld fan. Pretty please? First old school game I have tried to revive. only previous experience was with dosh box sim for carmen sandieago.

cleveland Womble2020-02-20-1 point

Been trying to run this game on my Dell inspiron since I bought the damn thing back when windows 7 came out. it almost worked using Wine on Linux, but this time I just installed the original game (full install) in a Windows 10 partition and replaced the original tin3_dxd.exe with this one. Works like a charm and it's the only app I use on Windows10. Yes, the mouse cursor sometimes takes a second to find, but that might have happened in w98; I can't remember that far back.
Note. My Avira antivirus wasn't happy about the new .exe file. I'm happy that the programme works but I can't guarantee that it's 100% safe. You'll have to make your own choice..

ARK72020-02-150 point

Hi Hunter, this is just false positive. I have several harmless patches for old games detected as such and also some utilities like dgVoodoo. Some antivirus programs are just too sensitive. Plus if I remember correctly, this tin3_DXD.exe is not even needed to run the game, just dn.exe.

Hunter62472020-02-100 point

Hi All,
The fix from loma works very fine (only thing i needed to do additionally was to reduce the colors to 65k in the compatibility-mode)
I even can confirm that the fix works for non-English-Versions, as i used it to fix my german-version.
Bur i have an issue with the tin3_DXD.exe , as my virus scanner (Avira) blocks the file due to identified Virus. I don't know if thats due to a false-positiv of the scanner or if the file is really corrupted. but if loma is still around, may he refresh his dropbox-download to make sure to get a clean copy ?
best,
hunta

Ark72019-12-180 point

PsycMonkey, you can find the patch in the game extras in the download section of this page.

PsycMonkey2019-09-300 point

Hi, Loma could you possibly reupload you fix, it was taken down from dropbox. I've desperately been looking for a fix for this game for years now.

ARK72019-01-16-1 point

Another problem I found with patch by LOMA: Mouse cursor moves beyond windows boundaries. Is it possible to fix that?

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Ark72019-01-100 point

Hi, LOMA, some antivirus software do not like your tin3_dxd.exe. Only 6 of 72 in virustotal.com is positive so I guess they are false positives but it leads to problems with execution of the file. In my case is tin3_dxd.exe automatically deleted in Windows 10. I found recommendation to disable DEP but it is quite annoying and I had good results with running only dn.exe. The game so far worked fine and I had no antivirus problem. So is it ok to run the game this way and can everything work without tin3_dxd.exe?

loma2018-08-132 points

@boubof:
I wanted to remove ALT+ENTER, or fix the windowed screen issue.
My original purpose was to make the game run in every resolution.
Please consider the followings:
- The game using 640x480 on directx side
+ This is really hardcoded in the game so I did not touched this
- What I did is to stretch the window basically
(cause of low frame rate on virtual side)
+ from 640x480 to YourScreenResWidth x YourScreenResHeight
If you use virtual machine please use the original exe, this fix is really made for
Windows fullscreen (any dimension)
(+ in the case of this fix, please do not use the Windowed mode )

boubof2018-08-051 point

I got the game to play but now it's virtually unplayable due to unbelievably slow frame rate. Any idea about what might be causing it and how to fix it? Also the game crashes whenever i attempt to switch to windowed mode by pressing alt+enter

FPMIP2018-07-241 point

thanks to (ó mighty, ó mighty) Loma :) see workaround for Windows 10!
https://youtu.be/MSVwOPvfk6E

loma2018-06-014 points

Video

Hi All,
Ive done the fix for discworld noir which now should run on WinXP, Win7,.Win10
Without any compatibility stuff.
Feel free to use it. :)
Thanks for your reviews / comments.
(make backup of it in case the storage get crached..etc)
Uploaded here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xwdimszr23ocer2/DiscWorldNoir_Fix.zip?dl=0
NB : fix mirrored here

COLDBLOODEDLEEROY2018-01-111 point

Hey me again, Windows 10 didn't work for me, but running it on XP in VMWare Player did the job. Good luck!

SplitHead2017-12-252 points

So I went through the whole thing that AGJERDE suggested (with WMWare Player and stuff) and I got the same 'Assert Message: Requested video mode is not supported' error that ColdBloodedLeeroy also reported.
Fortunately, I was able to get the game running straight from the Windows 10. Here's what I did:
I installed the game (Full Installation) and copied both the 'fixed exe file' and NoCD patch in the game dir.
Next, I deleted the 'tin3_dxd.exe' from the game folder and ran the NoCD patch and patched the 'fixed exe file' (Discworld Noir - Fix.exe).
Finally, I started the game with the freshly patched file.
And damn, it's still an awesome game :)
PS: The game still crashes after the intro movie if you click that 'New Game' main menu button, so hit Alt+Enter for windowed mode until you get to the actual gameplay. After that just slap that Alt+Enter again and enjoy.

ColdBloodedLeeroy2017-12-220 point

I took AGJERDE's recommendation of running Windows 98 on VMWare Player. The game installed successfully, but I get the following message when I try to run it:
Discworld Noir
'Assert Message: Requested video mode is not supported'
I'm trying these settings:
Display: Default Monitor on VMWare SVGA II
Colors: 256 Colors
Resolution: 640 x 480
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I played this game as a kid but I was to dumb to complete it!

agjerde2017-09-182 points

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UPDATE: I now recommend using VMWare Player instead of VirtualBox. I ran into a lot of problems with stuttering audio and choppy video on VB, and after trying absolutely everything, I switched to VMWare. It handles Win98 much better than VB.

FreebirthOne2017-09-170 point

Damn, I completely forgot about this! But it's nice that I could help some people plaing it.

agjerde2017-08-310 point

Got this working on my Windows 10 laptop: get VirtualBox, install Windows 98 in it and update the display adapter driver (tutorials/files online) so you can get more than 16 colors. Install Discworld Noir in Win98, replace the tin_dxd.exe file with the fixed .exe from the download, and run the NoCD patch in the same folder. Lower the resolution on your computer (my lowest was 800x600) and use the same in your virtual Win98 machine. You can enter full screen mode in VirtualBox, usually with Right Ctrl+F. Start the game, press F1 on the menu to load a game, or click New Game. If new game: press Alt+Enter for windowed mode so it doesn't crash after the intro scene. Enjoy. I know I am.

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guadalcanal2017-01-01-1 point

For details on how to get the game running check this out http://blog.ihobo.com/2015/02/how-to-run-discworld-noir.html

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Sephirot2016-10-03-6 points

Discworld Game Free

I can't install it. It asks me to insert CD2 but I open the CD' file but there's nothing I can do with those files. Can someone help out?

nero Wayne2016-07-081 point

You're supposed to extract the iso file with a program like magic iso to a folder in your pc then run the game installer.

I really wanted to play this2016-07-07-1 point

It will not download no matter what the hours keep going up but it won't download and another game from this site is downloading just fine. This link is broken.

DrWrong2016-04-27-2 points

I can't seem to get this game to work. Running windows 10, and the patch won't work or the NO CD fix. I tried burning a copy of the first .ISO and putting it into the disc drive in the hopes it would run. It did not.
Anyone have any advice on how to properly crack this game?

RotcivariouS2016-02-060 point

Is it possible to play it on windows 10 platform?

0gre2015-12-112 points

@ALEX
Can't you tell Win10 to run the executable to run in Windows 98 mode using the compatibility tab?

TheDarkAce2015-11-13-5 points

Use ScummVM to run this i believe

alex2015-09-27-6 points

How do you get it to run on windows 10? it was made for win98..

renato2015-09-12-2 points

hola

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