סנכה יאבל ןמייג לינ לש ובתכמ
"םלוע-אל-םלועל" היזיולטה תרדס יפוצלו
What you're going to see is a six part television show which
works a lot of the time, and you're going to see it in the best way, which
is all the way through.
When English actor and comedian Lenny Henry first approached
me to write a television series for the BBC, he suggested we might want
to do a fantasy set amongst the homeless of London. I thought about this,
and then decided that I'd rather not, because I didn't want some kid running
away to live on the streets of London because she knew how cool it was
from the TV. Instead, I thought it might be more fun to take things less
literally and more metaphorically, and to try and envision a world we
hadn't seen before -- a London in the cracks.
Neverwhere's the story of Richard Mayhew, a young man with
a good heart and a dull job, who stops to help a girl he finds bleeding
on the sidewalk and who soon finds himself out of his depth, losing, in
short order, his job, his apartment, his fiancee and his identity. And
then the story starts...
Making it with the BBC was as terrific as if was frustrating. The edict
that it had to be shot on video meant that even though almost all the
show was shot on location, it still feels like Dr Who style cheap sets,
while the less said about the Great Beast, the better. On the other hand,
there are some marvellous performances -- I'm still a fan of the Marquis
de Carabas as played by Paterson Joseph, and Hywel Bennet's Mr Croup is
something of a delight. That the end result wasn't exactly what I'd had
in my head when I started to write it was one of the main reasons I then
wrote it as a novel, from a perspective of "No, it was meant to look,
sound or feel like *this*'. I'm thrilled you're getting to watch it, though
-- you have many delights ahead of you, from the Croup and Vandemar knife-throwing
act to the Lamia's kiss... I hope you enjoy it.