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Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back

By: Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Paterson Joseph,Bernard Cribbins,Samantha Beart,Adrian Lester,Mitch Benn,Don Warrington
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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 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2016 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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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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A weaving of words

Like Richard, the reader of Neverwhere is very loathe to leave London Below. And in this further insight into that fascinating world, Neil Gaiman has, once again, entranced our ear, as well as heightened our imagination. Not only are the actors so adept at presenting their characters, but the adaptation itself has been so skilfully made, and the production so creatively managed, that the 45 minutes of listening slip away as skilfully as does the Marquis that even Old Bailey would not be irritated. The whole thing is as compellingly attractive as the Marquis’ coat.

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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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