Tuesday, August 10, 2010

NeverWhere (1996)


Created and Produced by Dan Curtis

Written by Neil Gaiman & Lenny Henry
Directed by Dewi Humphreys

Gary Bakewell .... Richard Mayhew
Laura Fraser .... Door
Hywel Bennett .... Mr. Croup
Clive Russell .... Mr. Vandemaar
Paterson Joseph .... The Marquis De Carabas
Peter Capaldi .... The Angel Islington
Tanya Moodie .... Hunter
Amy Marston .... Anasthesia

NeverWhere was a September-October 1996 mini-series created by English author/madman Neil Gaiman (based on a book) for the BBC. It lasted for 6 episodes, each one running for 30 minutes. It has been released on a 2-disc DVD by A&E.

Richard is a bit of a clumsy businessman who stumbles upon an injured girl with the unusual name of “Door” in the streets. She refuses medical attention, so Richard takes her back to his place to recuperate. She's being pursued by two big bad Brits in big bad suits and Richard hides her without understanding what he's getting himself into. Soon enough, she's recovered from her injuries and calls upon an old friend to take her home.

After she's gone, Richard discovers that the rest of the world seems to have forgotten him and as a result is left with no money, no job and no place to live. Seeking answers, he sets out to find Door and finds himself lost in a subterranean world of myth and magic deep beneath the streets of London. Door offers no real answers but Richard accompanies her and her friends on a quest to avenge the death of her family.

Along the way we're introduced to a whole smattering of bizarre characters including a not-so-angelic angel, a minotaur-like beast stalking the sewers, some sort of “King of the Subway,” and a whole clan of crazy monks.

A relatively entertaining storyline once you get into it, but like most British programming it takes you a few minutes to get acclimated to the accents and subtle cinematic differences (not to mention the silly costumes and really, really bad teeth.) Ultimately it could have been summed up in half the time and would have found a better home as a “Made for TV Movie.”

Even if you're a fan of Gaiman's work, this doesn't necessarily belong on your “To-Buy” list. Still, it's worth a look, especially for fans of British television.

September-October 1996
30 minutes
United Kingdom


1 comment:

  1. Great review. I loved the book, this interpretation was worth watching, but not something I would recommend.

    Still....after this review I think I need to watch it again :)



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