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BBC lines up adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens

Peter Serafinowicz will star in Radio 4's Good Omens. Photo: Ranald Mackechnie
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Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz are to lead the cast of a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

The cast for the six-part series – which is about the end of the world – also includes Sherlock actor Louise Brealey, Whitechapel’s Phil Davis and Mark Benton, who has appeared in series such as Waterloo Road. They will be joined by Colin Morgan, Paterson Joseph and Josie Lawrence.

The book is being adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs, who was behind last year’s adaptation of Gaiman’s Neverwhere, starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

It is produced by Heather Larmour, with Gaiman assisting.

Good Omens was released in 1990. The adaptation will be broadcast on Radio 4 in December.

The exact broadcast dates have not been confirmed, however Radio 4 said five episodes would be aired across a week in 30-minute installments, culminating with a 60-minute finale on a Saturday, just before Woman’s Hour.

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said: “I am delighted to have Neil Gaiman back on Radio 4 – this time with Terry Pratchett. I can’t wait to hear what they will do with the apocalypse. The Radio 4 audience loved Neverwhere, and Good Omens will be a splendid Christmas treat.”