Uhh, yes please: the BBC have announced that both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are collaborating on the first ever dramatisation of their 1990 classic Good Omens. It's not just happening, it's happening very soon - this December in fact!

The duo will be working with Dirk Maggs, the director who adapted The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy for BBC Radio, as well as Gaiman's own Neverwhere last year to critical acclaim - to create a six-part series adapting the story of Angels and Demons working together to prevent the apocalypse. 5 of the episodes will be half an hour long and run daily across a week on BBC Radio 4, with an hour long finalé running on the Saturday after. Because of course the world ends on a Saturday, just as Agnes predicted.

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Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz will star as the leads Aziraphale and Crowley, and are joined by a star-studded cast that includes Sherlock's Louise Brealey and Game of Thrones' Clive Russell, as well as Colin Morgan (Merlin) as Newton Pulsifer and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Green Wing) as Famine. Both Gaiman and Pratchett will also have cameo appearances in the series, which starts recording today. UPDATE: Here's our first behind-the-scenes cast photo, via the Radio Times!

The synopsis, courtesy of the BBC:

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky, the Four Horsepersons are assembling; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan.

Everything that is, but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. In fact the prospect of Armageddon is all really rather inconvenient for them actually. But if they are to stop it taking place they've got to find and kill the one who will bring about the Apocalypse: the Antichrist himself. There's just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him.

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Excited? You should be.

[BBC Media Centre]


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