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.

Fahrenheit 451 Adaptation Coming to HBO and the Teaser is Here

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All the way back in 2016 it was announced that HBO were to make a movie adaptation of the classic Ray Bradbury book, Fahrenheit 451. It’s been a while in the making but it’s coming, this year and the first teaser is released.

The new movie will star Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon and is directed by Ramin Bahrani, who spoke of the making of the movie, and the current political climate with the Television Critics Association, he said. Read More

Trailer For The Second Season Of The Handmaid’s Tale Is Here.

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After the successful first season of the television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, A Handmaid’s Tale, the second series is well and truly in the pipeline.

The latest trailer has been released and it looks darkly atmospheric but producer and writer, Bruce Miller, has remained quiet about what is in store for us. It is clear however, that while the story will deal with elements of the original novel, we will enter uncharted territory this season, with Margaret Atwood involved as a consultant.

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10 Mind-Bending Quotes From Dirk Gently

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Dirk Gently was created by Douglas Adams in the late 1980s. He featured in the novels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987), The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988), and the posthumously published and unfinished The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time (2001). 

Dirk Gently was born ‘Svlad Cjelli’ but changed his name to ‘Dirk Gently’ as his own, as he stated, had a “Scottish dagger feel to it”.His detective agency is characteristic of Douglas Adams’ quirky writing in that it is utterly out of the ordinary. Dirk runs the “holistic detective agency” making use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to solve crime and find people.

Two television adaptations have arisen throughout the years with the most popular currently being shown on Netflix and starring Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood. Douglas Adams’ original novels are particularly difficult to adapt for the screen, however screenwriter Max Landis has managed to take the original energy of the books and created an exciting and mind bending series!

Here are ten of our favourite quotes from the original books- fans of the Netflix series will be pleased to notice how true to character Landis has been in moulding his own Dirk for the small screen, based on these Douglas Adams original lines.

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BBC to Adapt Helen Fitzgerald’s The Cry for Miniseries

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With Jenna Coleman Starring!

Fans of Helen’s Fitzgerald’s thriller The Cry will be thrilled to hear that the adaptation is in the hands of the BBC who will adapt the novel into a four-part psychological drama later this year.

Today it’s announced that Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) will star, playing Joanna, while Australian actor Ewan Leslie will play her husband Alistair.

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First Look at Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events was well received with Netflix audiences as Neil Patrick Harris takes his turn at bringing Count Olaf to life. Netflix is really becoming the place for quality adaptations and this one doesn’t disappoint.

In March, season two will be coming, as announced by Netflix on New Year’s Day with a brand new teaser trailer giving a first look at the new season. Along with the trailer, a release date, March 31st, so there’s not long to wait now to catch up with Olaf and the children in season two. Read More

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The Lord of the Rings films were released from 2001 to 2003 and saw Tolkien’s epic trilogy realised on the big screen. The films were hugely successful with both Tolkien fans and movie buffs alike and the final instalment, The Return of the King, is tied with Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most number of Oscars won by a film. It was nominated for 17 and won 11. Read More



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