To the BBC, Neil Gaiman and the cast of Neverwhere, a radio broadcast in six parts, for honoring the radio serial.
I’ve always felt that the BBC way outdid any American broadcasting company for really rocking the short run television program. Radio fiction used to be big, back before TV, but I guess it died when the video part made it more engaging. The nice thing about the radio is you can get other stuff done while you listen to the radio—it occupies less of the brain, I guess.
In elementary school, I was a character in a radio play, we broadcast our production over the intercom system to the whole school at once. It was fun. There were all these cool sound effects thingies and it didn’t matter what anyone wore. Hee, hee.
Neverwhere, itself, is an interesting work. Originally a BBC television short run, then turned into a book, it tells the story of a magical and treacherous shadow world beneath London, populated by people who slipped between the cracks and found themselves in London Below. Ah, the metaphor.
I really like radio. It lets you get things done while keeping you informed and entertained. It inspires me to dance and sing and imagine in a way that television never does. There are books on tape (or CD or MP3) which I have to admit I never listen to. I think it would be awesome if the was a radio show revival. Why not? It is, in the mind of at least one (fictional) character, the way to get around all of those pesky staging challenges in stories with fantastical settings, imaginary creatures and magical events. 🙂