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Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories heading to Sky Arts

Published by Daniel Bennifer on February 11, 2016 7:12 pm
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Sky commissions four-part adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories for Sky Arts, featuring an ensemble cast of British actors.

Sky has commissioned Likely Stories, a new British drama for Sky Arts and penned by Neil Gaiman, it has been announced today.

The four-part adaption, each 30-minutes in length, promise to be “characteristically dark and strange whilst also drawing on the deftly crafted characters’ human warmth and wit.”

Set in London, the show will focus on the act of storytelling, as viewers are drawn into Neil’s beautifully crafted world, blending reality and fantasy. Interestingly, it has been said that Gaiman himself will appear in each film “in an unusual way,” with “subtle nods” to his wider work.

Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the duo behind the critically acclaimed Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth, the series will star a host of British acting talent including Tom Hughes, Johnny Vegas, George MacKay, Rita Tushingham and Kenneth Cranham.

“Short stories traditionally do not get a lot of love from television. I’m really excited to see what the team are going to do and make with Likely Stories -they’ve given it real thought and it feels like it’s going to be something very, very special” said Neil Gaiman.

Rounding out the cast will be Monica Dolan, Paul Ritter, Simon Manyonda, Johann Myers and Montserrat Lombard, of whom will appear in all four of the films. The score for the mini-series will be created by iconic Pulp frontman and solo artist Jarvis Cocker, it has been confirmed.

“I’ve long admired the work of Neil Gaiman. He is a genius storyteller and an exceptional talent, and I’m thrilled to be bringing these adaptations of his work to Sky Arts. Under the British directorial powerhouse of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Likely Stories is, in true Gaiman style, brilliantly bizarre and unexpected” adds Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts.

The four films – adaptions from Gaiman’s work – will be Foreign Parts, a story of identity, the ghostly tales of Feeders & Eaters and Closing Time and the life-spanning story, Looking For The Girl, with the first three written by Kevin Lehane. The final story, Looking For The Girl, was adapted by series directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Gaiman is possibly best known for his cult comic book series The Sandman, which ran from January 1989 through to March 1996 and published under DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. It told the tale of Dream of the Endless, the ruler of dreams.

As of the time of writing there’s no window on as to when the series is expected to arrive on Sky Arts. Presumably, they will be targeting a debut before the end of the year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on that front.

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