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Neverwhere is my third favourite novel by Neil Gaiman, after Good Omens and American Gods. The BBC series on which the novel is based ranks somewhat lower in my Gaiman appreciation scale. The radio series, which was just announced by the author himself, I suspect will rank dramatically higher. In the above photograph is much of the cast, including Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch, David "Joshua Naismith" Harewood, Natalie "Margaery Tyrell" Dormer, James "Professor X" McAvoy, David "Falco" Schofield, and Anthony Stewart "Giles" Head, with director Dirk Maggs in the back, who recently directed the BBC radio productions of the Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy. Also in the cast, but not photographed, are Sophie "Liz X" Okonedo, Bernard "Wilfred Mott" Cribbins, and Sir Christopher "it's bloody well Christopher Lee!" Lee.

Or, to put it another way, awesome. Literally inspiring awe. It will broadcast on Radio 4 sometime in the early new year.

And it's because of projects like this that the BBC and Sherlock producer Sue Vertue have announced the filming of the third series of Sherlock, which was expected to begin in January, has been pushed back to March. Because since first appearing, the shows stars have become really very famous, and really very in demand. And while Cumberbatch won't have any promotion duties on the Hobbit until this time next year (he's playing the lizard), his co-star Martin Freeman will be making certain people are seeing his film well into the new year.

What the delay means for broadcast, who knows. I suspect we still won't see anything until this time next year, as has been Sherlock's usual place on the BBC schedule. And what better way to cross promote the series and the Hobbit then then both of the stars will be out and about, talking themselves up?

What Vertue doesn't have to worry about is her husband's other show on the Beeb, Doctor Who (you might have heard it mentioned), which is stepping up the Christmas special promotion. After the Children in Need trailer and prequel minisode, they've now released some stills, and a movie poster, in the same vein as those for the previous episodes this series.

I'm sure the titular Snowmen will be menacing and all that, but from what we've seen of them so far, all I can see are deranged killer monster snowgoons.

Hit the jump for the posters.

Note the classy lack of cleavage. Good form, BBC. Good form.

Via the Mary Sue, Den of Geek, and again.
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