HOW THE MAR­QUIS GOT HIS COAT BACK Re­turn to Lon­don Be­low

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re­leased 10 Novem­ber (Cd) / OUT NOW! (iPlayer) 44 min­utes | ra­dio broad­cast/Cd

Pub­lisher ra­dio 4/bbC au­dio

Three years af­ter Ra­dio 4’s adap­ta­tion of Nev­er­where, Dirk Maggs brings us this se­quel, based on Neil Gaiman’s short story fol­low-up to the orig­i­nal tale. Gaiman’s lyri­cal writ­ing seems ide­ally suited to ra­dio, and this en­joy­able yarn is no ex­cep­tion.

As with Nev­er­where, we are quickly plunged into the world of Lon­don Be­low as the epony­mous Mar­quis de Carabas at­tempts to track down his coat, stolen from him when he was tem­po­rar­ily de­ceased. This time we meet the Ele­phant, of Ele­phant & Cas­tle, along with the some­what damp Mushroom Peo­ple and the shep­herds of Shep­herd’s Bush, and learn just how the Mar­quis came to bear a name more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with Puss In Boots.

The cast­ing mixes up dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the uni­verse, unit­ing orig­i­nal TV Mar­quis Pater­son Joseph – ex­cel­lent in his re­turn to the role – with Bernard Crib­bins and James McAvoy from the pre­vi­ous ra­dio play. It’s a slight tale and one that does as­sume you’ll al­ready be fa­mil­iar with Nev­er­where, but this is still a pitch-per­fect pro­duc­tion Gaiman fans won’t want to miss. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

Gaiman’s Star­dust is com­ing to Ra­dio 4 in De­cem­ber, as a two-part drama with Matthew Beard and So­phie Run­dle.

Would you steal a coat from this man?

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