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  • Actors: Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett, Peter Capaldi, Clive Russell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGB100
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Under the streets of London is a strange world inhabited by monsters and saints, muderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. Richard, a quiet London businessman, is pitchforked into this world when he rescues a young girl he finds bleeding on a pavement. Neverwhere is a dark and thrilling mixture of metaphor, history, humour and high adventure. Starring Laura Fraser (The Flying Scotsman), Hywel Bennett (Loot, Eastenders), Gary Bakewell (Man and Boy).

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Get lost under the London streets with this six-part fantasy adventure written for television by the prolific fantasy author Neil Gaiman. Richard Mayhew is a businessman whose whole life is about to change when he comes across a girl by the name of Door...

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By "chevalier_vampire" on 1 Nov. 2003
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I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan, it's only natural that one of his rare forays into the world of television becomes an essential.
Richard Mayhew has a good job for a respectable London firm and a slightly overbearing fiancée. On his way to a dinner appointment with his fiancée and her boss, he finds a badly-injured girl, and being the good samaritan he is, gets her safely out of harm's way. In this case Harm comes in the form of The Old Firm, oily Mr Croup and the frankly absolutely mental Mr Vandemar, professional killers who've been taking on contracts for a long, long time (one of their biggest claims to fame is burning down the city Troy during the Trojan War). They are on the trail of the girl Richard saves, the Lady Door, who has the power to open and unlock absolutely anything. Croup and Vandemar, having butchered Door's entire family, are anxious to find her to fulfil their contract.
The Old Firm are the least of Richard's worries, because soon after Door leaves, he finds out that people don't notice him...and that it's almost as if he doesn't exist. He no longer has a job, or a flat, so goes looking for Door. He is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of London Below...
Instantly recognizable as a BBC sci-fi/fantasy production, on a par with Dr Who and Red Dwarf, and has the same inventiveness, considering the Beeb couldn't have given them much money to make this. Neil Gaiman's writing is wonderful, playing clever word games with London locations (we find out, for example, that there really IS an Angel Islington). I've visited London several times, and often wondered about the place names, like if there really are Shepherds in Shepherd's Bush (according to The Marquis de Carabas there are, but meeting them is not advisable).
Neverwhere is an excellent dark fantasy series that turns out suspense, drama and black humour on a bugdet of fourpence. One can only imagine what it would have turned out like with a Hollywood budget.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By S. Larner on 9 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I vaguely remember watching Neverwhere when it was on Television eleven years ago on the basis of Neil Gaiman's name - who I knew from the Sandman comics and Good Omens by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I can recall enjoying it and a few of the characters were memorable (Old Bailey in particular!), but as it was never repeated and there was no DVD release it fairly quickly got swept to the back of my mind.

Since then, however, I've really got into Gaiman's novels and comic work so when this new release was announced I just had to get it - albeit with a bit of trepidation...

I have to say, I really enjoyed it! I've seen some criticism for the typical BBC low budget (after being hyped for whole series, the "Beast of London" ends up looking like a Highland Coo!), but that's not really the point, is it? In the same vein as Hitch-Hikers Guide and Blake's Seven, it's the characters; storyline and plain imagination really carry it off rather than the special effects. You just can't help getting drawn into the world of London Below where the Earl holds Court in a tube train, Islington is a real Angel and the floating market sets up stalls on the HMS Belfast, and you can almost feel Richard's sense of loss when he returns to the mundane world of London Above.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2008
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I have to admit that I missed Neverwhere when it was on telly. The opening with the talking head of Gary Bakewell as Richard Mayhew and the performance of the actress who plays Jessica, his girlfriend, felt a bit painful to watch. I did pick up the novel though and enjoyed that thoroughly. And yes, i've read Good Omens and Sandman since then, although I'm not sold on Sandman being the masterpiece everyone says it is, so I thought I'd give the TV show another go.

And it's not half bad. Yes, Bakewell is still only half-baked as the viewpoint character but he doesn't have much to do but act outraged and confused (except that he doesn't do confused much and the outraged side wears a bit thin). When he does reach a bit further into the acting box he's okay. And the girlfriend is still cardboard awful but the rest of the actors are great. Lovely lovely Laura Fraser plays the nicely grounded Door, Joseph Patterson is faboo as the Marquis and Peter Capaldi is a nicely serene Angel Islington.

As Neil Gaiman comments in an interview extra on the DVD, it is by turns funny, adventurous, sad (although Gaiman also mentions scary, which I don't think it ever manages) and shocking at points, even to someone who knew the story going in. That said, it's not particularly deep and not really layered but it's still a good adventure/fantasy/horror story.

The plot? Richard Mayhew helps an injured girl on the street. She is Door, from a contemporaneous fantastic version of London called London Below a world built on puns on London placenames, so that Earl's Court is the travelling court of an Earl, there really is an Angel called Islington, etc. Door's family has been murdered by Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar who work for a mysterious employer and they are hunting for Door.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. E. A. Mcarthur on 7 Oct. 2008
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This is a dark urban fantasy, created by one of Britain's best modern authors, Neil Gaiman. While it was scripted with "younger viewers" in mind (as are many of his stories), there is nothing childish or soft about the story - it portrays a harsh and haunting world just below the surface of what we see every day.

While being at heart a fantasy, this mini-series also casts a revealing light on the casual injustices perpetuated by our society, and forms a compelling social commentary on class and privilege.

This is quite a low-budget affair, and that certainly shows in some of the production, but this sometimes adds to the charm rather than detracting from the suspension of disbelief. By using everyday locations and names in unusual ways, and stringing them together without regard for established geography or common sense, the story often keeps the protagonist (and the viewer) slightly off-balance by making the familiar seem strange. The whole purpose of the story seems to be, at heart, to make you look at the truth behind what we perceive as normality, and re-assess your established ideas and values.

This isn't a perfect series, but it is a perfect story, and it's well told. At the very least I would heartily recommend the book to anyone, and recommend the DVD as a faithful accompaniment.
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