Every so often an old school approach reminds us why it was done “the good ol’ way”. So when I stumbled upon an online radio play with a host of familiar voices including James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Wanted) Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness), Natalie Dormer (Games of Thrones), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and
(Lord of the Rings, Star Wars) while reading Wired Magz “Underwire” section, I had to give this a tumble.
What is Neverwhere? Without giving any spoilers – it’s an alternate world below the city of London – both seedy and mysterious with a dash of fantasy. Brilliant Neil Gaiman penned the companion novel, Neverwhere, in 1996 in concert with the TV series that aired on BBC two. It also featured as a comic book adaptation in 2005 and a stage play adaptation in 2010.
You too may be drawn to this creative recounting full of powerhouse voice acting and rich foley effects. Listening to this six-part series reminds me that multi-million dollar movies can easily underwhelm while a hefty/wordy book can be a slog – leaving this radio series a feast for the ears and mind; a fresh and welcome diversion in our vast world of online entertainment choices.
Start listening before it’s no longer online – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r522y/episodes/guide