Lenny Henry Talks Bringing Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys To Radio

Lenny Henry Talks Bringing Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys To Radio

Among The Mortals

♦ Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys will be heard as a radio drama this Christmas on BBC Radio 4 and its star Lenny Henry just spoke to the BBC to give us a little bit of insight into how it all came together and why the story is special…

A synopsis for the drama can be read below:


When Fat Charlie’s dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie “Fat Charlie.” Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can’t shake that name, one of the many embarrassing “gifts” his father bestowed — before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie’s life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie’s doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who’s going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun … just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie’s dad wasn’t just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.


Anansi Boys will also star Tanya Moodie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Joseph Marcell, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Cecilia Noble, Angela Wynter, Adjoa Andoh, Sheila Atim, Pippa Bennett-Warner and 100-year-old actor Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to take roles in British film.

 Described as a “kaleidoscopic journey deep into mythology,” Anansi Boys will air on BBC Radio 4 from Christmas Day to Friday 29 December at 11.30pm-midnight, and on 30th December at 2.30-3.30pm, and will be available to listen to online for overseas fans.

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