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Neil Gaiman’s book Neverwhere has been turned into a TV series, a graphic novel and now BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a dramatization of the story, rendered by talented actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch (The Angel Islington), James McAvoy (Richard Mayhew), Sir Christopher Lee (The Earl of Earl’s Cour), Antony Head (Croup), Natalie Dormer (Door), David Harewood (Marquis de Carabas), Sophie Okonedo (Hunter), David Schofield (Vademar), Bernard Cribbens (Old Bailey), Romola Garai, George Harris (The Abbot of the Black Friars), Andrew Sachs, Lucy Cohu, Johnny Vegas, Paul Chequer, Don Gilet and Abdul Salis.
The premise of the story is that there is a subterranean London, far below the streets of London Above. Populated with people who have fallen between the cracks in society, London Below is a mysterious and murky work of shadows and danger. Here there really is an Earl of Earl’s Court, a Baron at Baron’s Court, shepherds at Shepherd’s Bush and and angel. Called Islington. It is also the home of the Great Beast of London, an ancient and terrifying creature dwelling somewhere deep in the Labyrinth, at the very heart of London Below.
Neverwhere begun with an hour-long episode at 2:30pm on Saturday 16 March on BBC Radio 4 and continues with five 30-minute instalments stripped across the week on BBC Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18 March. All episodes will be available to hear online. You can hear the first episode here (there is a three minute news broadcast at the beginning).
The episodes which will be broadcast are the following:
London Below – 16 March 2:30pm (GMT)
Earl’s Court – 18 March 6pm (GMT)
The Angel Islington – 19 March 6pm (GMT)
The Black Friars – 20 March 6pm (GMT)
Market Afloat – 21 March 6pm (GMT)
The Key – 22 March 6pm (GMT)
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