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1HolmesGirl221b
Dic 16, 2013, 7:03pm

Having missed it earlier this year, I was pleased to read of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere being repeated over Christmas. This was the first novel I read by him, so looking forward to listening to the six part audio version with an excellent cast.

2chrisharpe
Dic 17, 2013, 2:19am

More info here:-

Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r522y

Episode 1 of 6 : London Below http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r527b
Duration: 1 hour
First broadcast: Saturday 16 March 2013

Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere.

An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into a subterranean world under the streets of London. Stopping to help an injured girl on a London street, Richard is thrust from his workaday existence into the strange world of London Below.

So begins a curious and mysterious adventure deep beneath the streets of London, a London of shadows where the tube cry of 'Mind the Gap' takes on new meaning; for the inhabitants of this murky domain are those who have fallen through the gaps in society, the dispossessed, the homeless. Here Richard meets the Earl of Earl's Court, Old Bailey and Hammersmith, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel. Called Islington.

Joining the mysterious girl named Door and her companions, the Marquis de Carabas and the bodyguard, Hunter, Richard embarks on an extraordinary quest to escape from the clutches of the fiendish assassins Croup and Vandemar and to discover who ordered them to murder her family. All the while trying to work out how to get back to his old life in London Above.

A six part adaption of Neil Gaiman's novel adapted by Dirk Maggs, sees James McAvoy as Richard lead a stellar cast which includes Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head, David Schofield, Bernard Cribbins, Romola Garai, George Harris, Andrew Sachs, Lucy Cohu, Johnny Vegas, Paul Chequer, Don Gilet and Abdul Salis

3HolmesGirl221b
Dic 17, 2013, 8:41am

Thanks for the info.
This was one urban fantasy novel I throughly enjoyed. James McAvoy will be a perfect choice for Mayhew, and Cumberbatch as the serene and imposing figure of the Angel of Islington couldn't be better. I didn't see the television drama with Peter Capaldi and although an excellent actor, I wondered if it caused some fans disappointment as dramas often do with their visual effects of a novel, but I would be keen on seeing it if they also decided to repeat the series.

4andyl
Dic 17, 2013, 11:01am

#3

Except that Neverwhere was originally a TV series that was novelised. It wasn't a novel which was made in to a TV drama.

5.Monkey.
Dic 17, 2013, 12:00pm

Not to mention that Capaldi's part, while small, was fabulously done. He was quite a perfect villain.

I have to say, if I'd seen it first I probably wouldn't have been interested in reading it. I thought the beginning was a rather confusing jumble and was glad I knew what was going on already, and it really didn't make me care about any of the characters aside of the Marquis, who was excellent. The rest I did not find compelling and quite was unconcerned with their fates.