Neverwhere is an urban fantasy television series which was first broadcast in 1996 on BBC2.
It was written by Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry and was set in “London Below”, a magical realm coexisting with the more familiar London, referred to as “London Above”. The series was later adapted by Gaiman into novel form.
It has been announced on Gaiman’s on-line journal that the series is to be adapted for radio.
Here is an extract…
(It’ll start on Radio 4 and then go over to Radio 4 extra.) The adaptation is by Dirk Maggs, who did the last three Hitchhiker’s Guide Radio adaptations. He’s co-directing it with producer Heather Larmour, who is the one who went off and made this happen after a small enthusiastic chat in a London coffee shop much earlier this year — the kind of conversation that you have that normally just leaves you feeling happy, but doesn’t actually turn into anything real. This time it did.
The cast includes…James McAvoy RichardNatalie Dormer DoorDavid Harewood MarquisSophie Okonedo HunterBenedict Cumberbatch IslingtonAnthony Head CroupDavid Schofield VandemarBernard Cribbins Old BaileyRomola Garai JessicaChristopher Lee Earl of Earl’s CourtAndrew Sachs TooleyGeorge Harris AbbotDon Gilet Fulingous, Ruislip, BlackfriarAbdul Salis Sable, Sump, Clarence, Homeless ManPaul Chequer Gary, Guard 2Lucy Cohu LamiaYasmin Paige Anaesthesia, Tenant 2 – female, Match girlJohnny Vegas Lord RatspeakerStephen Marcus Varney, Homeless man, Letting agent, Guard 1Karen Archer Sylvia, Old Woman, Dream Hawker, Mother…
…and lots more (including an author, who recorded his bits last month). It will go out in six episodes.
Am I excited? I am. Very much so.
(Also, CHRISTOPHER LEE IS GOING TO BE SAYING LINES I WROTE. This makes me happier than I have any right to be.)
It will be broadcast somewhere in the first 4 months of 2013. And you will be able to listen to it wherever you are in the world, using the BBC’s iPlayer.
I will post broadcast dates and times when they become available!