Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints and murderers and angels. Richard Mayhew finds out more than he bargained for about this other London when an act of kindness catapults him into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining... And Richard, who only wants to go home, will discover his destiny waiting for him below the streets of the city.
Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama
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 the strange world of London Below. There he meets the Earl of Earl's Court, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with the Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel. Called Islington. Accompanied by the mysterious Door and her companions, the Marquis de Carabas and the bodyguard Hunter, Richard embarks on an extraordinary quest to escape from the fiendish assassins Croup and Vandemar and to discover who ordered them to murder her family - all the while trying to get back to his old life in London Above.
Contains over 25 minutes of additional unbroadcast material, including extended scenes, bloopers and outtakes.
Adapted for radio by the award-winning Dirk Maggs, this captivating dramatisation features a stellar cast including David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and David Schofield.
3 CDs. 3 hrs 48 mins.
Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere (1995), Stardust (1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods (2001), Anansi Boys (2005), and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990), as well as the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors (1998) and Fragile Things (2006). His screenwriting credits include the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere (1996), Dave McKean's first feature film, Mirrormask (2005), and the Doctor Who episode 'The Doctor's Wife' (2011).
funny but haunting... black humour and deft characterisations -- Chris Maume The Independent Maggs... does soundscapes after the manner of Turner painting sea storms. In Neverwhere when Benedict Cumberbatch flew you heard, saw and felt his angel's wings rise. -- The Telegraph Gillian Reynolds Nobody anticipated the impact the BBC's 2013 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's cult novel by the same name would have... the production was a smash hit with Gaiman fans and non-fans alike, propelling the audio play into the public eye and showing just how exciting the form can be. The Guardian
"Nobody anticipated the impact the BBC's 2013 adaptation of Neil Gaiman's cult novel by the same name would have... the production was a smash hit with Gaiman fans and non-fans alike, propelling the audio play into the public eye and showing just how exciting the form can be."
"Maggs . . . does soundscapes after the manner of Turner painting sea storms. In Neverwhere when Benedict Cumberbatch flew you heard, saw and felt his angel's wings rise." --Gillian Reynolds, Telegraph
A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door.