Michael Sheen to read Neil Gaiman’s ‘Ocean At The End Of The Lane’ for Book At Bedtime on Radio 4

via: BBC Press Release

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen is to read Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, for BBC Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime strand next month.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is the highly anticipated first adult novel in eight years by the acclaimed, award-winning, author Neil Gaiman.

Read by Michael Sheen, it’s a tale about memory, about the adventures, experiences and enchantment of childhood and the power of stories.

Heather Larmour, Producer, Book At Bedtime, says:”We wanted somebody who could capture the intimate tone of the narrator as well as the different voices involved.

“I’m delighted that we have an actor of Michael’s calibre and talent bringing the world of The Ocean At The End Of The Lane to life for Radio 4.

“It is an extraordinary novel deserving of a fantastic reader and what better combination could you ask for than Neil Gaiman and Michael Sheen!”

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is the story of a lonely young boy who finds himself at the mercy of ancient supernatural forces, before help, and friendship, arrive in the form of three generations of women who live on the nearby farm – and may have been around for a little longer than first appears.

Multi-Bafta-nominee Michael Sheen’s numerous credits include The Twilight saga, the Underworld trilogy and Tron: Legacy. He is also well known for his uncanny onscreen performances across film, theatre and television of the likes of Tony Blair, David Frost and Kenneth Williams.

Neil Gaiman’s works include American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. His work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007) and the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film Coraline (2009).

Neverwhere, which began life as a BBC TV series was recently adapted for Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra with a star-studded cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy.

His credits include Doctor Who episodes ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ and ‘Nightmare In Silver’, and the Sandman graphic novels

Book At Bedtime: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane will broadcast in five 15-minute instalments, Monday to Friday, at 10:45pm during July.

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