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Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back Radio/TV Program

Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

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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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    Tod Werewolf West Yorkshire 10/12/2016
    Tod Werewolf West Yorkshire 10/12/2016
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stina Uppsala, Sweden 14/11/2016
    Stina Uppsala, Sweden 14/11/2016 Member Since 2013

    Works in a bookshop, reads all sorts of books, enjoys historical mysteries and novels with a slightly fantastical twist to them. And more!

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    "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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Lidwell 27/12/2016
    S. Lidwell 27/12/2016

    Wordsmithcrafts

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    "*grins*"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Little Red Essex 27/12/2016
    Little Red Essex 27/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Alex 08/08/2017
    Alex 08/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "still fun"

    not as good as Never where but still fun so if you enjoyed the first one, listen to this.

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    Ms B A Callan 25/07/2017
    Ms B A Callan 25/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "fab short chapter."

    loved it. I only wished it could have been longer I realise it was a short chapter addition to Neverland.

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    TrickstersDaughter UK 02/05/2017
    TrickstersDaughter UK 02/05/2017 Member Since 2014

    I'm an author who loves to listen. I work as a zoologist specialising in pathology and behaviour and while I'm doing so I love to listen.

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    "So very worth the listen!"

    This is an absolute must for anyone who read or listened to Neverwhere.
    It was charming, beautifully narrated, a little too short for my liking because I could spend countless days exploring the London Under and never bore of it.
    I've not yet rated anything by Neil Gaiman less than 5 stars and can't see it ever happening. Made a great listen for a family road trip and think everyone should own it

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    jill middlemas 28/04/2017
    jill middlemas 28/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Genius"

    Just as good as the first but far too short. Neil Gaiman knows how to transport you into his books so you actually feel like you are walking beside the main character. You can actually feel and see the noise and sound and smells of the era. Pure genius !!!!

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    John D. 18/04/2017
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    "fantastic"

    as always a great story, well acted, good cast, well written, good atmosphere, great story of a fictional London.

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    Alan 15/02/2017
    Alan 15/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    awsome story well weitten and acted. would highly recomend but make sure you read neverwere first.

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  • Jessie Q
    02/12/16
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    "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!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Littlest Finch
    23/03/17
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    "Loved It"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Whittier, CA
    23/02/17
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon Semple
    Newmarket, ON, Canada
    12/04/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. DOMINGUE
    Texas
    28/07/17
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    "A Great Adventure"

    Gaiman, yet again, found a way to combine stories rhT are adventurous, fantasy, action, and cOmedy. You will become quite attached to the characters and the storyline, thaT when it ends, you will frown. Gaiman books make great full-cast audiobooks. This one keeps the bar high!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lisa stevens
    20/06/17
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    "skip this one."

    the multicast production was confusing, and really the story just wasn't all that good. Most likely the book would have been considerably better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abracapocus
    southern Oregon coast, USA
    15/06/17
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    "Because you need more Marquis!"

    Brilliant cast, together again. The story was written for the collection "Rogues", if I recall correctly, which is well worth having in its own right both in print & audio. New editions of "Neverwhere" include this story, too. While Gaiman reading his own work is one of my favorite things in the world, the BBC adaptations (in which he always has a fun cameo) are always delicious, too. So well done! Treat yourself to as many of them as you can find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam D. Miller
    Middletown, DE United States
    10/05/17
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    "classic Gaiman tale"

    this was delightful. a bit choppy, even for a short story. is was fun nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ShaQuan Buffaloe
    24/04/17
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    "Well written- just not my cup of tea..."

    I think this short story was well written but the story just was not the type of story that I prefer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Areana 1500
    18/02/17
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    "absolutely love this!!"

    short but engaging. Takes up where Neverwhere ends. The Marques de Carabas is adorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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