Apocalyptic fantasy ‘Good Omens’ set for BBC radio this Christmas (Wired UK)


Literature nerds rejoice — the
BBC has confirmed its
broadcast plans for the long awaited radio dramatisation of Good Omens,
the darkly comedic modern fantasy by Neil Gaiman and Sir
Terry Pratchett.

The six-part adaptation will air on Radio 4 during the week
commencing 22 December. The adaptation opens with a double-bill on
the Monday at 11.00pm, and concludes in an “apocalyptic” hour-long
finale on 27 December. The post-watershed timeslot is likely to
avoid any complaints over content, as the story follows an angel
and demon teaming up to try and prevent the apocalypse after the
birth of the Antichrist. Perfect Christmas listening!

Those lead roles, Aziraphale and Crowley, are voiced by Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz,
respectively. The wider cast features a host of British acting
talent, including Josie Lawrence, Clive Russell, Julia Deakin, Louise Brealey, Charlotte Ritchie,
Simon Jones, Arsher Ali, and Phil Davis.

Unfortunately, Aziraphale and Crowley’s job is made much harder
by the actual son of Satan being switched at birth, the young boy
they’re tracking being just a regular child. The real Antichrist,
called Adam in perhaps a bit more religious teasing on Gaiman and
Pratchett’s parts, has no idea of his heritage, or that the
Horsemen he doesn’t know he has are also on the look out for
him.

The story isn’t a bitter, Christmas-ruining apocalyptic affair
though, but rather a wry deconstruction of horror movies such as
The Omen and the pre-millennial fears of the end times
that spiked alongside a fascination with the prophecies of Nostrodamus.
The novel, first published in 1990, is subtitled The Nice and
Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
, further
establishes this. As an Easter egg for fans of the book, both
authors have cameo appearances in the audio play, as traffic
officers
 trying to stop Serafinowicz’s character before
meeting a rather unfortunate fate.

The BBC has also set up a dedicated Good Omens
minisite
, which will host background material for the show
after each episode airs, including graphic novel content and behind
the scenes clips. Not a bad present from the Beeb at all.

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27 November 2014 | 5:46 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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