Good Omens – Neverwhere Director Helms Radio 4 Adaptation

Good OmensAfter directing last year’s brilliant Neverwhere dramatisation, radio innovator Dirk Maggs will once more be bringing a Neil Gaiman adaptation to Radio 4, with a new series based on cult classic Good Omens, a comic apocalyptic novel written collaboratively by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

The series is set to be broadcast in December, in the form of five half-hour episodes followed by an hour-long finale that will go out just in time for Christmas. Much like Neverwhere – which featured the likes of James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and Bernard Cribbins, amongst others – Good Omens boasts an amazingly star-studded cast. Mark Heap (Stardust, Spaced, Green Wing) and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Phantom Menace, Spaced) will lead the series in the roles of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, while other parts will be taken up by Colin Morgan (Merlin), Louise Brealey (Sherlock), Clive Russell (Game of Thrones), Julia Deakin (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Arsher Ali (Four Lions), Phil Davis (Sherlock, Being Human, Merlin) and Mark Benton (Doctor Who, The Second Coming). Both Pratchett and Gaiman will also have voice cameos.

The novel itself follows unlikely partners Aziraphale and Crowley in their attempts to prevent the oncoming apocalypse by killing off the Antichrist, Adam. Having both long settled into nice, comfortable situations on Earth, neither has any desire to see all that ruined by such inconveniences as Satan’s upstart son or the gathering of the Four Horsemen. In addition to being nominated for a World Fantasy Award, the book ranked at number 68 on the BBC’s Big Read survey of Britain’s 100 favourite books. This, coupled with the success of Neverwhere last year, means it’s fairly safe to assume the series will prove a very popular choice for the channel.

Said Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams,

“I’m delighted to have Neil Gaiman back on Radio 4 – and this time with Terry Pratchett. I can’t wait to hear what they will do with the apocalypse. The Radio 4 audience loved Neverwhere and Good Omens will be a splendid Christmas treat.”

Good Omens is scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 4 in December this year.

Source: The Radio Times

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