|Cover art for Book:Good Omens|
|Publication date||10 May 1990|
|All data relates to the first UK edition.|
Good Omens is a comic novel about demons, angels, prophecies and Armageddon, in which a mix-up at a hospital causes the Antichrist to be brought up as a perfectly normal kid with bizarre consequences as he develops his special talents with neither demons nor angels for guidance.
Terry Gilliam would make a movie of this book if those with the money and inclination to make such a thing possible were not as rare as Klatchian Mist.
According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter – the world's only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...
- The Them
- Demons and Angels etc.
- Riders Of The Apocalypse
- Four Other Riders Of The Apocalypse
- Witchfinder Army
- The Chattering Order of St. Beryl
- Sister Mary Loquacious
- Anathema Device
- Julia Petley
- Madame Tracy
- The International Express Man
- Mr. Young
- Deirdre Young
- Greasy Johnson
- Agnes Nutter
- Beryl Ormerod
- Ron Ormerod
- Marjorie Potts
- Warlock Dowling
- Horace Gander
The United States edition of Good Omens had numerous alterations to the text. The most significant alteration to the main text is the addition of an extra 700-word section just before the end, dealing with what happened to the character of Warlock, the American diplomat's son, who was swapped with Adam. The American edition also adds numerous footnotes not found in British editions as well as changes to the spelling throughout so that the text corresponded to American English norms rather than British English. One howler of an error has "Aziraphile nipping across the city of Hell" early on. Comparing this to the British text, it appears the American editor was correcting a non-existent error, not knowing Hull is an English port city on the east coast. It may be grim, it may have had the pugnacious John Prescott as its MP and it may be in the East Riding of Yorkshire - but it isn't quite Hell...
Editions since 2006 have contained extra material by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: a new Foreword to the book, 'Good Omens, The Facts' an interview with the two authors and two articles by each author: 'Neil Gaiman On Terry Pratchett' and 'Terry Pratchett On Neil Gaiman.'
Crowley & Aziraphale’s New Year’s Resolutions were released on the author's extra section on the HarperCollins website; this section no longer exists but the material can be found on Neil Gaiman's Tumbler account. This was a set of promises by the respective characters for the year ahead.
|First Broadcast||31st May 2019|
|Broadcast Channel||Amazon Prime, BBC Two|
|Producer(s)||Neil Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, Chris Sussman, Rob Wilkins, Rod Brown|
|Starring||Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Sam Taylor Buck|
|Annotations||Annotations for Book:Good Omens|
|Preceded by||Troll Bridge|
|All data relates to the UK home release.|
In 2017 Neil Gaiman announced that he would be partnering his Blank Corporation with Narrativia to create a TV series adaptation. A six episode TV mini series was produced by both companies along with Amazon.com and the BBC. A companion book and a script book were released alongside the series.
- Aziraphale: Michael Sheen
- Crowley: David Tennant
- Anathema Device: Adria Arjona
- Adam Young: Sam Taylor Buck
- Brian: Ian Galkoff
- Wensleydale: Alfie Taylor
- Pepper: Amma Ris
- Sister Mary Loquacious: Nina Sosanya
- Ligur: Ariyon Bakare
- Hastur: Ned Dennehy
- Newton Pulsifer: Jack Whitehall
- Shadwell: Michael McKean
- Madame Tracy: Miranda Richardson
- Gabriel: John Hamm
- Satan: Benedict Cumberbatch
On May 1st 2020 a short voice-over vignette, 'Good Omens: Lockdown' was released on Youtube to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Good Omens, with David Tennant and Michael Sheen reprising their roles from the TV series.
A screenplay adaptation titled A Screenplay for a potential Good Omens film was written by Neil Gaiman. This was published in 2004 by Hill House in a limited number of copies as a premium for subscribers to their Author's Preferred Series.
Good Omens was adapted by BBC Radio 4 as a full audio drama in 2014, this was later released on CD in 2015.
- Mark Heap: Aziraphale
- Peter Serafinowicz: Crowley
- Adam Thomas Wright: Adam Young
- Bobby Fuller: Wensleydale
- Hollie Burgess: Pepper
- Lewis Andrews: Brian
- Josie Lawrence: Agnes Nutter
- Colin Morgan: Newton Pulsifer
- Charlotte Ritchie: Anathema Device
- Clive Russell: Shadwell
- Julia Deakin: Madame Tracy
The book satirises some aspects of the '70s movie The Omen, where an American diplomat has Damien, the Antichrist, for a child. Although Damien is dismissed as a name, and isn't the Antichrist anyway, he is raised by a supernatural nanny, and with a birthday party that gets out of hand.
Right on the very last page of the book, there is a line stating:
- "If you want to see the future, imagine a boot..."
Pratchett and Gaiman amend "boot" to "sneaker", but the reference is clearly to the closing paragraphs of George Orwell's 1984:
- "If you want to see the future, imagine a boot, stamping on a human face, forever."
This is softened in Good Omens to a sneaker, or trainer, with untied laces, on the foot of the Antichrist, who has just succeeded in thwarting the desire of both Heaven and Hell to stamp on the collective face of the human race until something breaks beyond repair. (What else is Armageddon, after all)