News: Johnny Vegas To Star In Neil Gaiman Series For Sky

Johnny Vegas is one of the stars of Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories, a new four-part adaptation of short stories by the best-selling author being made for Sky Arts.

The musical score will be written by Jarvis Cocker and the other stars are Tom Hughes (The Game), George MacKay (Pride), Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) and Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago) with an ensemble cast including Monica Dolan (W1A), Paul Ritter (No Offence), Simon Manyonda (Doctor Who), Johann Myers (Good Cop) and Montserrat Lombard (Ashes to Ashes) playing across all four of the films. 

The four adaptations 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 the series directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. 

The 30-minute short films, all set in London, will be characteristically dark and strange whilst also drawing on the deftly crafted characters’ human warmth and wit. Centring on the act of storytelling, viewers will be drawn into Neil’s intricately crafted world that moves seamlessly between reality and fantasy. Gaiman himself will appear in each film in an unusual way, with subtle nods to his wider work that his super-fans will be able to spot. 

 

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