Star-Studded Radio Version of Neil Gaiman’s 'Neverwhere' Gets an Airdate

Fair warning: I am a huge fan of author Neil Gaiman and his work and out of all of it, Neverwhere is my absolute favorite and I am basically at like DEFCON TUMBLR levels of excited for this, so you know, apologies in advance.

One of the things I love the most about the British entertainment industry in general (besides its dedication to costume dramas and enduring love for Sherlock Holmes) is the fact that they still embrace radio as a valid and valuable creative outlet. While we also had radio series here in America back in the day – soap operas actually started out as radio serials for example – once we got television, we basically broke up with radio and never looked back. Not so in the United Kingdom – the BBC frequently puts on all manner of fantastic radio series, from dramas to comedies and everything in between.

Thanks to the Radio Times, we’ve now got details on the new Radio 4 dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s popular – and awesome –fantasy novel Neverwhere. (As well as a lovely new cast photo!) It’s packed with an all-star voice cast of that reads like a who’s who list of British acting talent, including X-Men’s James McAvoy, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch, The Tudors’ Natalie Dormer, Homeland’s David Harewood, Doctor Who alums Sophie Okonedo and Bernard Cribbins, Merlin’s Anthony Stewart Head, The Hour’s Romola Garai, the great Sir Christopher Lee and more. Find out who everyone's playing - and get a better look at that photo - under the cut.

Britwatch: Benedict Cumberbatch, Also Taking Over Your Radio Apparently

Not content with merely dominating the feature film market in 2013, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch basically wants to ensure that you are incapable of avoiding him on any entertainment platform for the next year. (This is totally okay with most of us, I assume? Thought so.)

Anyway, not content to merely star in Sherlock and make several blockbusters (Star Trek: Into the Darkness, The Hobbit) and likely award-winners (August: Osage County, Twelve Years a Slave, that WikiLeaks movie that doesn’t have a name yet) all set for release next year, Cumberbatch is also busily lending his distinctive voice to multiple radio/audio projects this winter.

The best part? Unlike television shows, American audiences can generally listen in to BBC radio programs with no problems, either on the BBC sites themselves or with an online app such as Tunein Radio.