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Release Date:
12 September 1996 (UK) See more »
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The Major BBC2 Series See more »
Plot:
Richard Mayhew leads an ordinary life in London when one day a girl named Door falls, injured, across his path... See more »
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Neverwhere is finally on DVD! See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Gary Bakewell ... Richard Mayhew (6 episodes, 1996)

Laura Fraser ... Door (6 episodes, 1996)
Hywel Bennett ... Mr. Croup (6 episodes, 1996)

Clive Russell ... Mr. Vandemaar (6 episodes, 1996)

Paterson Joseph ... Marquis De Carabas (6 episodes, 1996)

Peter Capaldi ... Islington (5 episodes, 1996)
Tanya Moodie ... Hunter (5 episodes, 1996)

Trevor Peacock ... Old Bailey (5 episodes, 1996)
Elizabeth Marmur ... Jessica (4 episodes, 1996)

Tamsin Greig ... Lamia (3 episodes, 1996)
Damien Lyne ... Gary (3 episodes, 1996)
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Series Directed by
Dewi Humphreys (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Neil Gaiman (6 episodes, 1996)
Lenny Henry (6 episodes, 1996)

Series Produced by
Clive Brill .... producer (6 episodes, 1996)
Jonathan Finn .... line producer (6 episodes, 1996)
Polly McDonald .... executive producer: Crucial (6 episodes, 1996)
Chris Parr .... executive producer: BBC (6 episodes, 1996)
John Whiston .... executive producer: BBC (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Original Music by
Brian Eno (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Cinematography by
Steve Saunderson (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Bryan Oates (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Casting by
Alison Chard (6 episodes, 1996)
Audrey Helps (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Design by
James Dillon (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chris Coldwell (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Costume Design by
Pam Downe (6 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sheelagh Wells .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1996)
Kevin Alexander .... hair stylist / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1996)
Beverley Binda .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1996)
Johnny Ludlow .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
Catrin Strong .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Department
Dave McKean .... title graphics / title graphics: Artemis (6 episodes, 1996)
Amanda Ackland-Snow .... set dresser (3 episodes, 1996)
Andy Beales .... property master (2 episodes, 1996)
Dave Green .... construction manager (2 episodes, 1996)
Dick Lunn .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1996)
Matthew McConnell .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Karl Probert .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1996)
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic artist (2 episodes, 1996)
Andie Vining .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1996)
Dennis Wring .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Sound Department
Robin Green .... sound editor / dubbing assistant (6 episodes, 1996)
Mark Holding .... sound (6 episodes, 1996)
Richard Finney .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1996)
Bruce Gray .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Phil Reed .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Special Effects by
Adam Howarth .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Parnham .... electrician (6 episodes, 1996)
Simon Anderson .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Raymond Gallard .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1996)
John Haylen .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1996)
Michael James .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
David King .... camera trainee (2 episodes, 1996)
Stuart King .... best boy (2 episodes, 1996)
Steve Murray .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1996)
David Scott .... grip (2 episodes, 1996)

Julian Blom .... camera operator: title (unknown episodes)
Ray Gallard .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Foster .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)
Susan Mewton .... dresser (2 episodes, 1996)
Julie Osborne .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael Harrowes .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Finlay Milne .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 1996)

Julian Blom .... editor: titles (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Simon Fraser .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1996)
Dee Gregson .... location manager (6 episodes, 1996)
Nichol Hoye .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1996)
Simon McCleave .... Head of Development: Crucial Films / Script editor (6 episodes, 1996)
Sarah Trowse .... production accountant (6 episodes, 1996)
Naimi Arton .... production runner (2 episodes, 1996)
Carole Brooks .... accounting assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Ian Harry .... production runner (2 episodes, 1996)
Ken Hawkins .... location manager (2 episodes, 1996)
Finn McGough .... production runner (2 episodes, 1996)
Emily Stillman .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Jim Threapleton .... production runner (2 episodes, 1996)

Dave McKean .... director: opening sequence / graphic artist: titles (unknown episodes)
 

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180 min (6 episodes)
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Trivia:
Neil Gaiman had great difficulty finding a director for "Neverwhere" (1996). The common complaint was they didn't like the series' clashes in style from episode to episode. One minute it was comedy. The next it was drama. And then romance followed by bloodthirsty fights in sewers and tunnels. Everytime they said that, Gaiman would audition a new director.See more »
Quotes:
[Answering the phone]
Mr. Croup:Croup and Vandemar, the Old Firm, obstacles obliterated, nuisances eradicated, bothersome limbs removed and tutelary dentistry undertaken.
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References Dracula (1931)See more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Neverwhere is finally on DVD!, 24 May 2005
Author: itamarscomix from Israel

After seven years, Neverwhere is finally available on DVD, and can be found on major shopping sites like Amazon. I'm sure many of you heard of it, but much fewer have seen it. This fascinating 1996 BBC mini-series was created by Mr. Neil Gaiman, accomplished and acclaimed author of American Gods, Coraline and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) among others, and co-written by Gaiman and the wonderful British comedian Lenny Henry. Gaiman fans such as myself have waited for quite some time to see this series introduced to American audiences - and since Gaiman is now finally breaking ground in the States (American Gods actually won the Hugo award, and was an international bestseller) this seems like the perfect time. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a video of the series a couple of years back, but those are quite rare. If you love Neil's work, take the chance to finally see this lovely piece of work.

Neverwhere is a highly imaginative story of urban legend, rich with Gaiman's special brand of British black humor. The script is really wonderful, and Henry helps with his own experience in screenplay writing. Acting is terrific by everyone involved - I loved Gary Bakewell (frequent Paul McCartney impersonator on various BBC tele-biographies) as Richard Mayhew, the ordinary Englishman drawn into a strange adventure underground, and many other accomplished British actors - such as Laura Fraser, Trevor Peacock, Freddie Jones and Peter Capaldi - give a great performance. Unfortunately, the series suffers from the same problems shared by most British TV series - a budget lower than that of one episode of 'Dharma and Greg'. Therefore, the scenery, though highly inventive and original, doesn't look very impressive. Dewi Humphreys directs like he would direct a soap opera or a murder mystery, and though the directing of the dialogue is flawless, the action scenes are immensely disappointing, especially the 'Beast of England' battle, which is incredibly unconvincing.

Despite these weaknesses, though, the series is still well worth watching, especially if you're fond of the genre, and also if you're fond of British television. A word on two great artists who contributed much to the series: Dave McKean, for one, the great artist who collaborated with Gaiman in works like 'The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch', 'Black Orchid' and Coraline, created an astounding opening sequence to every episode, which is a fascinating piece of work by itself; if you enjoy his work on such graphic novels as Arkham Asylum, Cages and his covers for Neil's Sandman series, the DVD is worth it just for this one sequence. Secondly, the brilliant Mr. Brian Eno, the inventor of Ambient music and musical collaborator of the likes of David Byrne, David Bowie and Robert Fripp, supplies the wonderful score to the series, very eerie and atmospheric synthesized music. Thank god for that, because without him we'd probably have basic British TV music, which tends to be quite awful - and Eno's sound really adds a lot to the atmosphere of the story.

It's important that, if you read and enjoyed the novel Neverwhere, you won't approach this series expecting Hollywood - or even modern American television - production values, because you'll be disappointed. A movie version of this nature, in collaboration with Jim Henson co, has been in talks for some time, but it doesn't seem very likely. If fantasy films are to you special effects and big battle scenes, you probably won't be impressed by Neverwhere. If you love fantasy literature, though, and especially Gaiman's work, you'll find Neverwhere highly rewarding. It's very entertaining, and very imaginative. And in the end, imagination is what fantasy is all about. Isn't it?

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