Neverwhere, radio

neverwhere-radio2Neverwhere is 3 hours and 48 minutes long and consists of one one-hour episode and five half-hour episodes. It first aired in March 2013 on BBC Radio 4. It is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere.



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. (I’m not saying I don’t like the Neverwhere television show, but it is very low budget.)

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Narrated by Christopher Lee, Neverwhere takes place in a mildly futuristic London when the underground transportation system is shut down and is now secretly inhabited by a society of magical people with their own laws. Richard Mayhew of our world–London Above–is sucked into London Below when he tries to help a young girl named Door, the last surviving member of a slaughtered royal family. Hollywood star James McAvoy does a brilliant job playing the young Scot Richard, and Natalie Dormer with an equally compelling Door. On their journey, they are joined by friends the Marquis de Carabas (David Harewood) and Hunter (Sophie Okonedo). Doctor Who‘s Bernard Cribbins plays the pigeon man Old Bailey, who must keep de Carabas’ life source safe while he journeys into danger. Door is stalked by assassins Croop and Vandemar, played by David Schofeild and Buffy‘s Anthony Stewart Head. Can they befriend the angel Islington (played by a terrifying Benedict Cumberbatch) and prevent Door’s assassination? Purchase from Audible for just $14.07 to find out.

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