Talk about Good Omens… if the cast of the new Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s comic fantasy novel is anything to go by, it’s going to be a fanboy dream…
Merlin’s Colin Morgan, Sherlock’s Louise Brealey, Game of Thrones’ Clive Russell and Being Human’s Phil Davis are all involved, while Mark Heap – of Green Wing and Spaced fame – and Peter Serafinowicz – who has starred in Star Wars and Shaun of the Dead – will take the lead roles of angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, respectively. There will even be cameos from Gaiman and Pratchett themselves.
A collaboration between two of Britain’s most successful and best loved fantasy authors, Gaiman and Pratchett, Good Omens has been a cult favourite since it was first published in 1990, but has until now never been dramatised.
The comic novel tells the story of a fast-approaching apocalypse and the unlikely duo – Aziraphale and Crowley – who have personal reasons for wishing to prevent it.
The Radio 4 production is from Dirk Maggs, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy director behind the acclaimed adaptation of Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy and Natalie Dormer.
Good Omens will come to Radio 4 in December, with five half-hour episodes leading up to an hour-long finale around Christmas.
Maggs has scripted it with the help of Gaiman and will team up once again with Heather Lamour who produced Neverwhere.
Pratchett and Gaiman are two of the country’s most well-respected fantasy authors. Along with Neverwhere, Gaiman has had success with American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, while the highly prolific Pratchett is known in particular for his Discworld novels.
Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said of the project: “I’m delighted to have Neil Gaiman back on Radio 4 – and this time with Terry Pratchett. I can’t wait to hear what they will do with the apocalypse. The Radio 4 audience loved Neverwhere and Good Omens will be a splendid Christmas treat. “