Paterson Joseph stars as the Marquis de Carabas in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's spin-off short story, set in the magical world of Neverwhere.
Returning us to London Below, this enchanting tale continues the story of one of the most colourful characters from Neverwhere - the cool, charming, resourceful Marquis de Carabas, who trades in favours and always has a plan....
The Marquis' coat is a thing of wonder and beauty. Sleek, stylish and 'the colour of a wet street at midnight', it has numerous pockets, sumptuous sleeves and the power to transform a young sneak thief into a nobleman. And now it is missing, sold by the Sewer Folk. To reclaim it, the Marquis must venture into one of the most terrifying parts of the subterranean city, encounter an old enemy, face dreadful dangers and - worst of all - accept help from someone very close to home.
Expanded and dramatised for Radio 4 by the award-winning Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, Good Omens, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and codirected by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, this spine-tingling production features a star cast including Adrian Lester, Don Warrington and Bernard Cribbins. Contains 15 minutes of additional unbroadcast material. Duration: 60 mins approx.
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Marquis de Carabas... wait, that's probably not very descriptive! How the Marquis Got His Coat Back is another radio dramatization set in the Neverwhere universe. It adapts the short story of the same name and continues our adventures in London Below as our favorite sarcastic rogue goes after his most prized possession - his truly remarkable coat which he lost during the events of Neverwhere. Given the Marquis is arguably the best character in Neverwhere (fight me), it's enjoyable to follow him. BBC Radio's Neverwhere and Good Omens adaptations are a blast and this one has all the charm of its predecessors.
Isn't it obvious?
PATERSON JOSEPH FROM THE TV MINI-SERIES REPRISES HIS ROLE AS THE MARQUIS. Honestly, do I have to say anything else?
You should've heard the sound I made when the Marquis says, "Some say I sound like my younger self!"
I enjoyed BBC Radio's dramatization of Neverwhere a couple years ago. It had a stellar cast and was an engaging adaptation. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed David Harewood but Paterson Joseph has always been the Marquis to me and it was so great to hear his voice!
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
Before we get The Seven Sisters, the novel-length sequel to Neverwhere, Paterson Joseph and Company take us back on this whip-snap return to London Below. Yes, it's a very brief tour, clocking in at just about an hour. However, for a tasty little side-adventure featuring everyone's favorite Marquis, it''s as good as sipping Atlantean wine.
The Marquis de Carabas is feeling a little bit at a loss after the events of Neverwhere because he doesn't have his wonderful coat, so he sets upon a quest to get it back. Upon his way he meets the mushroom people, the Elephant, some terrifying shepherds, and a long lost relative. Well, maybe not so lost. That last I found a bit odd, but it mostly worked out to be fun in the end.
Paterson Joseph, who played the Marquis in the original TV miniseries, returns as the titular character. I was somewhat skeptical about this, because David Harewood's portrayal of de Carabas in the Neverwhere radioplay (with James McAvoy, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc.) was so excellent. But I needn't have worried. Joseph is having so much fun, it's impossible for us not to. He even gets to make some cracks about the Marquis looking like his younger self.
Truth be told, I listened to this story in the Rogues anthology (narrated by Roy Dotrice), and I thought there were some wonderful little tweaks in this version that really let it shine. For example, Richard Mayhew has a brief appearance which helps frame the story, and Old Bailey does a good job of setting up the stakes. Also, the Marquis sounds like himself, and doesn't have a French accent. (C'mon, Roy!)
Mainly, I was just thrilled to be able to take another trip to London Below, even if it was an incredibly brief one. It was a fun little excursion, and it definitely has me excited and eager for another trip to meet back up with de Carabas, Richard, Door, and the rest of our friends with the Seven Sisters.
With a focus on the brilliant Marquis of Carabas, Gaiman has returned to London Below.
My only disappointment was that the book was all together too short.
New characters are introduced and the world is expanded. I am dearly hoping for another full length Neverwhere book.
The performance was excellent and supported the story wonderfully.
"Excellent work, BBC (and Neil Gaiman)"
This is a superb dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's short story, and a sequel to Neverwhere. All the performances are well done, and the story is everything I could wish for. Lovely to meet the Marquis again, and to be in London Below.
Perfect for anyone who's read (or even better - listened to) Neverwhere and want more.
"Short but sweet"
another wild adventure with the marquis in the other London of Neil Gaiman's fantastic imagination. a great addition to Neverwere, sadly short but full of the "Real meanings of London place names" .
Neil Gaiman books are always mad and off in a marvellous tangent to world's that are just a blur in the edge of your vision, it's there but you just can't find it with out his help.
awsome story well weitten and acted. would highly recomend but make sure you read neverwere first.
Excellent in all aspects other than its brevity, and lack of siblings. More of London below please.
Great listen but rather too short for the money!its only an hour long which I didn't notice but and enjoyable short continuing from the original.
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