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Paterson Joseph stars as the Marquis de Carabas in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's spin-off short story, set in the magical world of Neverwhere.

Returning us to London Below, this enchanting tale continues the story of one of the most colourful characters from Neverwhere - the cool, charming, resourceful Marquis de Carabas, who trades in favours and always has a plan....

The Marquis' coat is a thing of wonder and beauty. Sleek, stylish and 'the colour of a wet street at midnight', it has numerous pockets, sumptuous sleeves and the power to transform a young sneak thief into a nobleman. And now it is missing, sold by the Sewer Folk. To reclaim it, the Marquis must venture into one of the most terrifying parts of the subterranean city, encounter an old enemy, face dreadful dangers and - worst of all - accept help from someone very close to home.

Expanded and dramatised for Radio 4 by the award-winning Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, Good Omens, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and codirected by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, this spine-tingling production features a star cast including Adrian Lester, Don Warrington and Bernard Cribbins. Contains 15 minutes of additional unbroadcast material. Duration: 60 mins approx.

©2016 Neil Gaiman (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

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  • Bex
  • 25-04-2018

Good short story. Interesting insight

Good short story with an interesting little insight into the Marquis' life.

Would love to read/hear more of his backstory.

If this was a TV show or movie, Johnny Depp would make a fine Marquis with his unique mannerisms.

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Nice spinoff from Neverwhere

Nice short story. Good performances from the cast. What happened to Mushroom boy after the Marquis got his coat back?

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Continues the Neverwhere tradition

Really enjoyed this short story in the Neverwhere universe. It has a twisty, layered plot and fleshes out more about the Marquis and his bavkground immediately after Neverwhere (make sure you listen to that first). A whole host of enjoyable new characters and peoples are introduced.

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Disappointing

Neverwhere is still a perennial favourite, was hoping this would match it. It doesn't. Move along.

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  • Jessie Q
  • 02-12-2016

Some say I sound like my younger self!

If you could sum up Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back in three words, what would they be?

Marquis de Carabas... wait, that's probably not very descriptive! How the Marquis Got His Coat Back is another radio dramatization set in the Neverwhere universe. It adapts the short story of the same name and continues our adventures in London Below as our favorite sarcastic rogue goes after his most prized possession - his truly remarkable coat which he lost during the events of Neverwhere. Given the Marquis is arguably the best character in Neverwhere (fight me), it's enjoyable to follow him. BBC Radio's Neverwhere and Good Omens adaptations are a blast and this one has all the charm of its predecessors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isn't it obvious?

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

PATERSON JOSEPH FROM THE TV MINI-SERIES REPRISES HIS ROLE AS THE MARQUIS. Honestly, do I have to say anything else?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

You should've heard the sound I made when the Marquis says, "Some say I sound like my younger self!"

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed BBC Radio's dramatization of Neverwhere a couple years ago. It had a stellar cast and was an engaging adaptation. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed David Harewood but Paterson Joseph has always been the Marquis to me and it was so great to hear his voice!

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  • Littlest Finch
  • 23-03-2017

Loved It

Seriously a great little continuation of Neverwhere. Personally I'd read several full length novels about the Marquis.

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  • Gordon Semple
  • 12-04-2017

if only there was more

Once again Neil Gaiman has brought alive the mysterious London Below allowing us the capacity to wonder at the magic that could exist. I can only hope that more stories will follow.

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  • Dave
  • 23-02-2017

The Coat Really Does Make the Marquis

Before we get The Seven Sisters, the novel-length sequel to Neverwhere, Paterson Joseph and Company take us back on this whip-snap return to London Below. Yes, it's a very brief tour, clocking in at just about an hour. However, for a tasty little side-adventure featuring everyone's favorite Marquis, it''s as good as sipping Atlantean wine.

The Marquis de Carabas is feeling a little bit at a loss after the events of Neverwhere because he doesn't have his wonderful coat, so he sets upon a quest to get it back. Upon his way he meets the mushroom people, the Elephant, some terrifying shepherds, and a long lost relative. Well, maybe not so lost. That last I found a bit odd, but it mostly worked out to be fun in the end.

Paterson Joseph, who played the Marquis in the original TV miniseries, returns as the titular character. I was somewhat skeptical about this, because David Harewood's portrayal of de Carabas in the Neverwhere radioplay (with James McAvoy, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc.) was so excellent. But I needn't have worried. Joseph is having so much fun, it's impossible for us not to. He even gets to make some cracks about the Marquis looking like his younger self.

Truth be told, I listened to this story in the Rogues anthology (narrated by Roy Dotrice), and I thought there were some wonderful little tweaks in this version that really let it shine. For example, Richard Mayhew has a brief appearance which helps frame the story, and Old Bailey does a good job of setting up the stakes. Also, the Marquis sounds like himself, and doesn't have a French accent. (C'mon, Roy!)

Mainly, I was just thrilled to be able to take another trip to London Below, even if it was an incredibly brief one. It was a fun little excursion, and it definitely has me excited and eager for another trip to meet back up with de Carabas, Richard, Door, and the rest of our friends with the Seven Sisters.

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  • James M. Orlando
  • 14-07-2021

Neverwhere-riffic!

Let me start with explaining that I left this sitting in my library for so long that I forgot it was Neverwhere-related and it took me a good 10 minutes of the story to realize how much of the setting and background I already had stored in my brain. It was kind of a jolt when I went from "Why is this in my library? Well, it's short. I'll just listen and find out." to "OH!"

I heartily recommend reading / listening to Neverwhere immediately prior to listening to this radio play. It's excellent, but you'll probably want the events and characters of the novel fresh in your mind when you experience this fun tangent.

As a stand-alone story, I feel like this 1-hour-long adventure of the Marquis de Carabas has the Gaiman charm. It definitely would leave the listener perplexed if they haven't previously invested time in Neverwhere. As an in-universe bonus episode, it's great.

The cast does exactly what you would expect them to do: bring the story and characters to life. They're wonderful.

I would be hard-pressed to suggest spending a credit on a title that only lasts an hour. I picked it up when it was on a rare sale. If you have credits to burn, definitely consider this title.

I categorize this story as Experience-Neverwhere-first-and-hopefully-recently-then-enjoy-it-like-a-dessert.

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  • R Thompson
  • 23-03-2021

I didn't realize it was just a chapter.

well I don't think I got my money's worth on this one, after I listen to it I realized chapter 1 was all there was. I wasted a credit on that one hour story. well I guess that's what you get for not reading the details of the book you're buying well enough so I consider this my my fault

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2021

Simply delightful

I love Neil gaiman and al his books! I wish there was more too this one or even a second book! I love the cast I love everything about it

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  • Matthew C. Alston
  • 06-01-2021

Paterson Joseph is a genius! And so was the entire cast!

Very entertaining! Well acted! Well adapted! Wish there was more stories coming out of London Below. Paterson Joseph is easily one of my favorite actors. He would be a great Doctor in the Doctor Who series. I wonder is a Marquis de Carabas would make a good series— the producers of Doctor Who and Sherlock should consider the idea... just sayin’...

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  • E. F. Paredes
  • 23-07-2020

Excellent all around

A wonderful performance, complete with a cameo from the author himself. Definitely recommend it for fans of Neil Gaiman.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2020

So good

This adaptation is amazing. If you have read Neverwhere and want more, listen to this instead of just reading it. It makes the good story even better.

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  • Little Red
  • 27-12-2016

Enjoyable

Great listen but rather too short for the money!its only an hour long which I didn't notice but and enjoyable short continuing from the original.

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 10-12-2016

Short but sweet

another wild adventure with the marquis in the other London of Neil Gaiman's fantastic imagination. a great addition to Neverwere, sadly short but full of the "Real meanings of London place names" .
Neil Gaiman books are always mad and off in a marvellous tangent to world's that are just a blur in the edge of your vision, it's there but you just can't find it with out his help.

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  • Cheryl Richardson
  • 15-05-2019

Over Too Soon

Over too soon! Loved Neverwhere and looked forward to this follow up. While I enjoyed the full dramatisation I had really enjoyed Neil Gaiman's reading of Neverwhere more.

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  • S. Lidwell
  • 27-12-2016

*grins*

Excellent in all aspects other than its brevity, and lack of siblings. More of London below please.

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  • Janny G
  • 14-11-2019

not worth the cost of the credit

I enjoyed the original Neverwhere book once I got into it but I feel that this spin off should have been added to the back of it. I would certainly not have paid the full book price for it in a book shop and I feel that the £7.99 credit cost was not value for money either. sorry.

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  • Richard
  • 30-05-2019

5 star

Wonderful story and performance, I only wish it were longer.
Definitely need to have read or listened to Neverwhere before this.

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  • Stina
  • 14-11-2016

Excellent work, BBC (and Neil Gaiman)

This is a superb dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's short story, and a sequel to Neverwhere. All the performances are well done, and the story is everything I could wish for. Lovely to meet the Marquis again, and to be in London Below.
Perfect for anyone who's read (or even better - listened to) Neverwhere and want more.
Absolutely brilliant!

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  • Buggymom
  • 21-02-2021

Great little follow on

My only complaint is that its not very long. I could listen to the cast for hours. I love Neil Gaiman's imagination and where it takes the listener. Have listened to this recording several times and not bored of it at all.

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  • Gabi Rabin
  • 07-02-2021

Exceptional experience

I love the BBC adaptation it gives life to the books as usual in a way that you would like to never come back to the real world again.

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  • Jeffrey Baker
  • 03-03-2020

Answers an important question

An answer I've been seeking since NeverWhere was first on BBC 2. Very interesting story.

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