Neverwhere (radio play)

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Country of originUnited Kingdom
Created byNeil Gaiman
Written byNeil Gaiman
Dirk Maggs
Directed byDirk Maggs
Heather Larmour
Produced byHeather Larmour
Original release16 March 2013 – 22 March 2013
No. of series1
No. of episodes6

Neverwhere is a radio drama based on the 1996 novel Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It was dramatised by Dirk Maggs. The theme music is by James Hannigan.


On Saturday 16 March 2013,[1] BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast the first, hour-long, episode of Neverwhere.[2] The subsequent five half-hour episodes were broadcast throughout the following week on Radio 4 Extra (in Mono on DAB), and made available worldwide after broadcast on BBC iPlayer. It was rebroadcast on BBC Radio 4 starting on Dec 25th 2013 and continuing for 6 days.[3]


Character Actor
Richard Mayhew James McAvoy
Lady Door Natalie Dormer
The Marquis de Carabas David Harewood
Hunter Sophie Okonedo
The Angel Islington Benedict Cumberbatch
Mr. Croup Anthony Head
Mr. Vandemar David Schofield
Old Bailey Bernard Cribbins
Lamia Lucy Cohu
The Abbott George Harris
The Earl Sir Christopher Lee
Jessica Romola Garai
Figgis/The Fop With No Name Neil Gaiman
Tooley Andrew Sachs
Fuliginous/Ruislip/Blackfriar Don Gilet
Sable/Sump/Clarence/Homeless man Abdul Salis
Gary/Second Guard Paul Chequer
Anaesthesia/Female Tenant/Match Girl Yasmin Paige
Lord Ratspeaker Johnny Vegas
Varney/Homeless man/Letting Agent/First Guard Stephen Marcus
Sylvia/Old woman/Dream Hawker/Mother... Karen Archer
Lord Portico/Stockton Jon Glover
Iliaster/Halvard Paul Stonehouse
Dagvard/Dunnikin/Hammersmith Ben Crowe
The Herald Robert Blythe (actor)
Lear David Tughan
Underground Announcer/Footman Patrick Brennan
Little Girl Clodagh Casey


  1. London Below
  2. Earl's Court
  3. The Angel Islington
  4. The Black Friars
  5. Market Afloat
  6. The Key


The short story How the Marquis Got His Coat Back was subsequently adapted in 2016. The cast included Paterson Joseph, Bernard Cribbins, Adrian Lester, Mitch Benn and Don Warrington.[4]


  1. ^ Jones, Paul. "Benedict Cumberbatch and the cast of Neverwhere - first photo and air date revealed". RadioTimes. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  2. ^ Jones, Paul (29 November 2012). "Benedict Cumberbatch to play angel in star-studded Neil Gaiman fantasy Neverwhere". RadioTimes. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  3. ^ BBC Blogs - The Radio 4 Blog - Neverwhere returns, retrieved 30 November 2013
  4. ^ How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, BBC Radio 4