We often bring you news of BBC Radio adaptations of well known books and if you’ve ever had the chance to listen, you’ll know they’re pretty good listening. The problem is that often shows only go out to British listeners, but this Christmas worldwide listeners are in for a treat, as BBC Radio 4 airs a 6-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and anyone can listen!
The radio adaptation is written by Dirk Maggs, who has adapted no fewer than five of Gaiman’s books for radio and wrote previous adaptations for Neverwhere and Good Omens in recent times. Gaiman says Anansi boys is his favourite adaptation so far.
In Anansi Boys Gaiman employs his clever trick of taking deep mythology and turning it into something warm, funny and entertaining. The novel is typical Gaiman and a fantastic read and we have no doubt the BBC 4 Radio adaptation will more than do the story justice.
Anansi Boys goes out live and on demand via the Radio 4 website and you can stream it from anywhere in the world, from your mobile, laptop or any device via the BBC iPlayer Radio App. Episode 1 goes out on Christmas Day at 10:30pm with a thirty minute episodes and there is an episode every night for six nights. The audio will become available on the app soon after the episode’s transmission and will be available online for 30 days.
And if you’re a fan of Gaiman there’s a special treat for listeners this Christmas as well as Radio 4 Extra will be rebroadcasting the adaptation of the collaboration between Pratchett and Gaiman, Good Omens.
Find all the details about both shows and details of how to tune in here at the BBC Website.
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