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22 March 2013 @ 09:02 pm
Radio Play: Neverwhere  
The last episode of the radio adaptation of Neverwhere has aired!

No matter where you are, you can listen to all 6 episodes HERE. But be forewarned, episodes 1-5 will be available for over a year but episode 6 will only be around for a week. Yeah, I don't get it either.

From what I can recall of the novel, the play seems to have remained pretty faithful. I still found the overall story to be a bit boring overall. It's your average tale of an average guy, Richard Mayhew, with an above average sense of duty who is thrust into the mysterious world of London Below. In his quest to return to London Above, he ends up helping a lady in distress and discovering that he's got more to offer than being just average. What really kept the show moving for me was the superb vocal acting by one and all. The casting was pretty much pitch perfect all around, though I give particular accolades to Anthony Head as Mr. Croup and Sophie Okonedo as Hunter. The latter particularly didn't get as much love amidst the squeeing over Cumberbatch's role (I'll get to that in a bit) but I thought Okonedo was great as the incredibly focused and deadly bodyguard. As the leads, James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door got saddled with a lot of talking that wasn't always the most interesting but dammit, they both made everything interesting with their acting. I'm now super-excited and looking forward to seeing McAvoy on stage!

My perhaps only annoyance is that just about every article I ran across that reported on this radio play seemed to subtly highlight Cumberbatch's role as if it were a major lead. Don't get me wrong. His role is vital as Islington is the Big Bad and Cumberbatch plays it with creepy relish that pitches all the way into thunderous fury. But let's get real for a moment, people. He's in the play for about 15 minutes. And the play is about 3 and half hours long. I felt saddened on behalf of the cast members who were in it for the majority of the whole thing that they seemed to get a bit sidelined due to a marketing strategy as BC is arguably the most popular actor in the cast. But I guess whatever gets more people to tune in?

In any case, I give major props all around to everyone who contributed their voice as no one was a weak link in this one. The whole success of adapting Neverwhere almost makes me wish that they'd adapt American Gods for the radio as well. Or even Good Omens. I'll take that novel in just about any form at this point.
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Arthur is happy - a lotawanderingbard on March 26th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
I've heard rumour that Good Omens has been confirmed as a miniseries, but that was tumblr, so I'd take it with a grain of salt.

I agree with you for pretty much everything you've said. I feel like the story would have been better overall if Door was a bit more interesting? I don't feel like we ever got to know her personality or interests or anything. She's just there to be rescued and keep the story going. Natalie did a good job, but I think there would have been more Jeopardy if I cared for the character a bit more. I also felt like Hunter got lost a bit in the adaptation. I remember her having more to do in the book.

I think even Cumberbatch is getting sick of himself by this point. I feel bad that he's even had to ask someone to tweet on his behalf that taking pictures of the Sherlock set while he's working is not cool. I feel like there's about 10% of the Sherlock fandom that is just fuckin' nuts, and they're making everyone look bad.

But I do really love what he did with his voice for Islington. He sounded like when you blow over the lip of a jug, and I have no idea how he did it. The producer has said he didn't have anything done to his voice--that was all him.

I'm also quite fond of Bernard Cribbins as Old Bailey. I just picture him shuffling along flapping his arms around.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 3rd, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
I heard about the Good Omens rumor as well as the American Gods rumor awhile ago. I'm really hoping they amount to SOMETHING.

I feel like there's about 10% of the Sherlock fandom that is just fuckin' nuts, and they're making everyone look bad.

Yeah, I often cringe when I look at the Sherlock tag on Tumblr.