Good Omens Adaptation Announced For Radio 4

Gaiman and Pratchett heading for your ears!

The series (which consists of five half hour episodes, and an hour-long "apocalyptic showdown" begins recording today in a secret London location, and boasts a stellar cast. Merli n's Colin Morgan will play Newton Pulsifer, Josie Lawrence will play Agnes Nutter and Peep Show 's Paterson Joseph will play Famine. Spaced vets Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz will play angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley respectively, and the Spaced reunion continues with Clive Russell and Julia Deakin. There's also roles for Sherlock 's Louise Brealey, Being Human 's Phil Davis, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy 's Simon Jones and Waterloo Road 's Mark Benton. Cameos include the Gardener's Question Time team (yes, really), and Gaiman and Pratchett themselves.

In case you haven't read Good Omens , here's what the Beeb's press release says about the drama:
According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4.

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky, the Four Horsepersons are assembling; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan.

Everything that is but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. In fact the prospect of Armageddon is all really rather inconvenient for them actually. But if they are to stop it taking place they’ve got to find and kill the one who will bring about the apocalypse: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him….

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Richard is a freelancer journalist and editor, and was once a physicist. Rich is the former editor of SFX Magazine, but has since gone freelance, writing for websites and publications including GamesRadar+, SFX, Total Film, and more. He also co-hosts the podcast, Robby the Robot's Waiting, which is focused on sci-fi and fantasy.