Fantasy author Neil Gaiman has been talking about managing the Amazon / BBC production of Good Omens for months now. Even so, he still gets emotional about Terry Pratchett, his co-author on the 1990 novel that the series adapts. “All I wanted to do was to make something Terry would have liked,” Gaiman says. “That was the only rule.”

Gaiman is no stranger to working in television. Many of his comics and novels have been adapted for the screen, from the 1996 BBC miniseries Neverwhere to the Starz adaptation of his novel American Gods, which he produced. But Good Omens, which he scripted and produced, represented a new level of commitment for him. As the showrunner, he personally oversaw every step of production, per Pratchett’s dying wish that he make sure an adaptation was done right. Good Omens is Gaiman’s extremely faithful adaptation of the apocalyptic tale he and Pratchett wrote together. It follows the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant) as they attempt to prevent the end times.

Directed entirely by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Outlander), the series has an all-star cast largely from Gaiman’s personal contacts, including Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, and Nick Offerman. Many of them, Gaiman says, were fans of the novel. Together, they ultimately just wanted to respect Pratchett’s wishes for a good adaptation.

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