Radio 4 to Dramatise Gaiman & Pratchett's GOOD OMENS

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BBC Radio 4 has announced that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have joined forces to adapt their cult classic Good Omens for radio. For the uninitiated, the plot is simple – according to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4.

Recording begins today and the cast includes Colin Morgan (Merlin) as Newton Pulsifer, Josie Lawrence (Skins, Eastenders) as Agnes Nutter and Joseph Paterson (Peep Show, Green Wing) and a whole host of cameos including the Gardener’s Question Time team along with Neil and Terry themselves. The central roles of Angel Aziraphale and Demon Crowley are played by Mark Heap (Spaced, Green Wing, Stardust) and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: Episode I - Phantom Menace, Shaun of the Dead). Other cast include Clive Russell, Julia Deakin, Louise Brearly, Simon Jones and many more.

The whole project is being handled by Dirk Maggs as director and adaptor and follows his success with the 2013 production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for radio (which received more iPlayer requests than any other radio programme in the month it aired and attracted more than 1.5 million visitors to the programme page).

Good Omens is scheduled to broadcast in December as five half-hour episodes across one week with an hour long, apocalyptic showdown on the subsequent Saturday before Woman’s Hour (which may itself not be transmitted if the world does, indeed, come to an end).

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