BBC Radio 4 to Air Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Adaptation to Worldwide Audience

By December 15, 2017Adaptations, News

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.

Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, and Martin Freeman Join the cast of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Movie

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the moat beloved books of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The book reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is not about presents or delicious food, but rather, goodwill to your neighbours, even those as cantankerous as Scrooge. The novel has been adapted into countless forms of media, from films, TV shows, and even graphic novels, and now a new film adaptation is on the horizon.

As reported by Screen Daily, Saboteur Media gained worldwide rights for the project and is currently being pitched to buyers after the film wrapped in August. The story will take a new look at the classic story and begins with a Victorian family preparing a toy stage in order to do a production of A Christmas Carol. We then see the story through the eyes of a young viewer, as the cardboard sets and toys are transformed into a fantastic and vivid tale.
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The Second Trailer for Mortal Engines Adaptations is Here

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If you didn’t already know, Philip Reeves’ Mortal Engines is coming to the big screen. We brought you the original news as soon as we heard about it, and a few months ago the first teaser trailer followed, and now trailer two is here!

There’s no doubt we’re depleting the world’s resources and in Mortal Engines, Reeves imagines a world where we all have to resort to rolling cities, forced into predatory behaviour as they crawl the world fighting to survive.

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‘Good Omens’ Official Trailer Released

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Last year, it was announced that Amazon had begun work on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit 1990 book Good Omens, which tells the story of a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale who work together in order to prevent the Rapture. It was later revealed, much to the delight of fans, that David Tennant had been cast as Crowley and Michael Sheen was to be Aziraphale. Read More

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween trailer is here!

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Goosebumps has been a hit with tweens and teens since the 1990s with 62 books published between 1992 to 1997. R. L. Stine characterises his books as ‘scary books that are also funny’, giving kids the chance to feel that thrill of relief after being freaked out.

After the surprising success of the first Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black as Stine himself, this sequel looks to continue the fun and freaky mix of scary and silly. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will star Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris.

Jack Black is rumoured to return as the voice of one of the haunted book characters come to life!

Check out the trailer below, and watch out for the movie’s release mid-October.

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Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ Is Being Optioned for Television

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Published earlier this year, Madeline Miller’s Circe tells the story of a lesser Greek God named Circe, the daughter of the mighty sun God Helios. However, unlike her father, Circe possesses no great powers, nor is she devastatingly alluring like her mother. Upon seeking solace in the world of mortals, Circe discovers that she does have power, the power of witchcraft, which may eventually rival the Gods of Mount Olympus.
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Lethal White Adaptation Already in the Works

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If you’ve already watched the recent adaptations of the Cormoran Strike novels on the BBC then you’ve had a real treat, and now it’s announced that the adaptation of the recently released Lethal White is already in the works!

The adaptations have been fantastic and both Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger have exceeded expectations in the leading roles. Read More



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