Just in time for the winter holidays, BBC Radio 4 announced this week that they will be gifting us with a radio drama adaptation of Good Omens, the 90s collaboration from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The story revolves around the unlikely team up of an angel and a demon who must stop the End of Times. It is, of course, a comedy.
Radio dramas have a long tradition in the UK, and you’ve been denying yourself hours of pleasure if you haven’t listened to one via one of the many contraptions through which we get podcasts and music today. Only last year, Gaiman’s Neverwhere was adapted in similar fashion with voice work from fan favorites Benedict Cumberbatch, Natalie Dormer, James McAvoy and Anthony Head. The cast for the upcoming Good Omens is shaping up to be equally as impressive.
So far the only identified roles are going to Mark Heap (Spaced, Stardust), and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead), with Heap playing the angel Azirphale, and Serafinowicz, the demon Crowley. BBC4 Radio has also named Sherlock‘s Louise Brealey, Julia Deakin, Clive Russell, Simon Jones, Arsher Ali, Phil Davis and Mark Benton for the cast, and have announced that both Gaiman and Pratchett will have cameos. Just Friday, RadioTimes published photos of most of the cast already at work.
The Good Omens radio adaptation is being directed by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play‘s Dirk Maggs. He also directed Neverwhere. Like that radio play, Gaiman is directly involved in the adaptation. It will premiere in early December with five 30-minute episodes leading up to an hour long finale on December 25th.
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