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Check out the cast of Radio 4’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust

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The first read through for Radio 4’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust took place today.

The cast of the two-part dramatisation stars Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game, An Education, One Day) as Tristran Thorn and Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Episodes) as Yvaine. Other cast members include Eleanor Bron, Charlotte Riley, Frances Barber, Maggie Steed, Blake Ritson, Nicholas Boulton, Alex Macqueen, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kevin Eldon, Paul Kaye and Aisling Loftus.

It is due out this December.

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Challenged to retrieve a fallen star by the beautiful Victoria Forester, to whom he has lost his heart, Tristran Thorn leaves his home in the sleepy English village of Wall and crosses into the mysterious and magical land of Fairie. But when Tristran locates the fallen star he discovers it is no mere meteorite, but a young woman, Yvaine.

Tristran is however not the only person to have seen and be in pursuit of the fallen star. With Yvaine’s life in danger, she and Tristran find themselves embarking on an extraordinary adventure. Encountering Little Hairy Men, witches, and lightning-hunting sky pirates along the way, Tristran is about to uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams at his journey’s end.

Stardust is not the only Neil Gaiman story to be adapted for radio this year. In November BBC Radio 4 celebrates Neil Gaiman’s magic with his short story How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.

Gaiman’s Neverwhere universe is the setting for the story, adapted for Radio 4 by Dirk Maggs.

Paterson Joseph once again dons the mantle of the Marquis de Carabas, which he first wore twenty years ago in the 1996 BBC TV dramatisation of Neverwhere. He is joined by Adrian Lester (Undercover, Hustle), Don Warrington (Death in Paradise, Rising Damp), Mitch Benn (Good Omens, The Now Show), Divian Ladwah (Detectorists) and Bernard Cribbins reprises his role of Old Bailey from the Radio 4 production of Neverwhere, with two more surprise cameos yet to be announced.

Marquis de Carabas (PATERSON JOSEPH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Steve Brown

Marquis de Carabas (PATERSON JOSEPH)

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