Once upon a time, there was a TV series called Neverwhere that aired in 1996, written by Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry. A book of the same name came out soon afterwards and this allowed Gaiman to expand upon the universe they had created as well as tinker a little here and there with the plot and locations.
Then, in 2013, this story was adapted into a radio play and aired on BBC Radio 4 with a fully dramatised and famous cast, including James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bernard Cribbins.
Wow. In fact, let’s go one up. Wowser!
Neverwhere is a fascinating story about Richard Mayhew and what happens to him after he stumbles across a mysterious young woman in need of help in London. The magic of London Below engulfs his world and he is thrown into an adventure with an assortment of strange but richly developed characters. It’s fun, it’s exciting and truly imaginative.
I must admit, I absolutely love radio dramatisations. Ever since I was a child, I’d listen to The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Tintin, Star Wars, The Muddle-Headed Wombat and so many others while on long car trips. Sure, it probably started as a way for my parents to shut us up but it’s something I haven’t grown out of and mighty proud of it!