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Summary

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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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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*grins*

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

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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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  • Stina
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • 14-11-16

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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The Elephant in the Room...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Spoiler: Neil Gaiman has produced some fantastic and creative pieces of work. Neverwhere was firmly on this list. Having waited for a sequel since the late 90's when I read the book I eagerly downloaded, "How The Marquis Got His Coat Back". It was okay but was never going to replace the original. Laura Fraser in the original TV series and Natalie Dormer in later version were so intrinsic to the story not having Door felt like going to a party expecting to see an old friend, only to find she couldn't make it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There was far too much trumpet noises for the Elephant. Even the Bang Olufsen didn't like it.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Mitch Benn overcooked the Elephant.

Did Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back inspire you to do anything?

I went back to my massive box of books and found American Gods, and downloaded that.

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Paterson Joseph even better than Harewood

in this story we pick up with one of the best characters from neverwhere the marquis. I liked harewood playing the part but Paterson I think is funnier and more conniving which is what it needs. Shame it's not longer but nice to revisit London below

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Well acted. Wish it was longer.

It is what it is - a short story. Nothing wrong with that although it feels a bit steep that it costs a full credit. Nevertheless the story and performances are very good. A perfect balance of comedy and drama, and the production is excellent as you'd expect from Dirk Maggs and co.

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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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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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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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  • Jessie Q
  • 02-12-16

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
  • 23-03-17

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
  • 12-04-17

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
  • 23-02-17

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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  • Lenore Pemberton
  • 05-07-18

Great story

I really enjoyed the story, and wish it were longer. There are not enough of these fullcast dramatizations available to listen to.

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  • Cam
  • 19-06-18

disjointed, no bones

Niel Gaiman can craft wonderful stories and characters, but this one fails in so many ways. The characters are shallow, the story contrived, the plot arcs poorly integrated.

I suppose Gaiman has his ups and downs. In the main he is superb, as is the Marquis de Carrabas and Lady Door. Hpefully they will survive this hiccup and return in a truly wonderful weave of creative imagination.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 14-04-18

too short.

the narrators were great but the story was too short to get into and ended to soon m

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  • Anya
  • 13-04-18

a wonderful addition

this mini sequel is a wonderful expansion of the world. I loved learning more about the characters and the magic of the London Below.

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  • blahblah24
  • 09-04-18

It’s alright

Only worth listening to if you like Neverwhere. It’s short, ok, and isn’t very memorable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-17

Genius

This is a fantastic slice of a day in the life of one of my most favorite characters. The Marquis is wondrous, the other characters fantastic as well. The Shepherds and other folk further flushing out London below make this tale fantastic. I look forward to my next journey to London below.