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Sophie Okonedo, David Harewood & Others Lend Voices To BBC Radio 4/Radio 4 Extra Cast Of 'Neverwhere'

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
November 30, 2012 9:36 AM
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Counter-clockwise from top: Okonedo; Harewood; Harris; Gilet; Salis
Counter-clockwise from top: Okonedo; Harewood; Harris; Gilet; Salis

Sophie Okonedo and David Harewood's will likely be the more recognizable names of the announced cast for the upcoming BBC Radio 4/Radio 4 Extra adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry's popular BBC sci-fi mini-series Neverwhere.

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In addition to lead actor James McAvoy, Okonedo and Harewood will be joined by fellow heavy-hitters Benedict Cumberbatch, George Harris, Don Gilet, and Abdul Salis.

Neverwhere's story revolves around Londoner Richard Mayhew, whose life as he knows it ends swiftly -- and somewhat unexpectedly -- when he tries to help a hapless stranger and immediately ceases to exist in the mortal world, joining the citizens of London Below.

Co-creator Gaiman recently revealed via his blog how the project came to be:

"(It'll start on Radio 4 and then go over to Radio 4 extra.) The adaptation is by Dirk Maggs, who did the last three Hitchhiker's Guide Radio adaptations. He's co-directing it with producer Heather Larmour, who is the one who went off and made this happen after a small enthusiastic chat in a London coffee shop much earlier this year -- the kind of conversation that you have that normally just leaves you feeling happy, but doesn't actually turn into anything real. This time it did."

A 15th Anniversary Edition DVD of Neverwhere was released a year ago.

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