Good Omens, radio

51c3FiJWk5L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Good Omens directed by Dirk Maggs is 3 hours and 28 minutes long and consists of five half-hour episodes and one hour-long finale. It first aired in December 2014 on BBC Radio 4. Purchase from Audible for $18.58.



Dirk Maggs is the god of radio adaptation as far as I’m concerned. His recent radio dramas, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens are unchallenged by any other adaptation.

Good Omens stars a cast I couldn’t have imagined up better myself. Peter Serafinowicz plays Crowley and Mark Heap plays Aziraphale, a demon and an angel who love life too much to sit by and let the apocalypse happen, despite that the son of Satan (Adam Thomas Wright) is already born and the horsemen of the apocalypse are already in motion. Luckily, Aziraphale gets his hands on the prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch, played by Josie Lawrence, which had belonged to a young witch named Ananthema Device, my favorite performance of the show, played by Charlotte Ritchie. It was a delight to hear some of my favorites (other than Heap and Serafinowicz, who you will recognize from Spaced) in this adaptation, such as Paterson Joseph as Famine (the Marquis de Carabas in the Neverwhere TV show), Simon Jones as Mr. Young (Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio and TV), as well as Sherlock’s Louise Brealey and Spaced’s Julia Deakin. Good Omens is a comedy fantasy. You’ll remember why you loved Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel so much when you hear the jokes like how highways, nuns, and most classical music were creations of Hell.

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