It's not often we have cause to report on the BBC Radio 4 schedule, fine institution though it is, what with The Archers, Farming Today, and Woman's Hour rarely intersecting with the world of all things geek (saying that, the comedy serials have plenty of sci-fi and fantasy form). So it's with great pleasure then, that we urge you to tune in on Saturday the 16th of March to the hour-long first part of Neverwhere, adapted from Neil Gaiman's 1996 BBC series and subsequent novel. News of the adaptation arrived last year, but it's only now that the official broadcast date has been confirmed.
It being a Gaiman story is justification enough to make a point of listening, but add to that the cast assembled for Dirk Maggs' adaptation, and it would just be rude not to. James McAvoy is voicing Richard Richard Mayhew Dick, with The Fades' Natalie Dormer as Door, Homeland's David Harewood as the Marquis, Sophie Okenedo as Hunter, Anthony Head as Croup, joined by David Schofield as pal henchman Vandemar, Christopher Lee as Earl of Earl's Court, Bernard Cribbens as Old Bailey, and oh, just Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington. Neil Gaiman is also said to be voicing a couple of parts. The full cast is available to see, here.
After the hour-long opening episode, Neverwhere, which for the uninitiated, tells the story of a Scot living in London who falls in with a crowd of fantastic characters living underneath the city in London Below, will continue in five half-hour instalments on Radio 4 Extra starting on Monday the 18th of March. Non-UK fans will be able to listen on BBC iPlayer's worldwide replay function.
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