With Thanksgiving now out of the way for another year, all eyes turn to the next holiday season and the festive fun to be had around that time. Well, if you’re looking for some winter entertainment look no further than BBC Radio’s adaption of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology dropping globally on Boxing Day. Or, as it’s known in America, December 26th. Think of it as the UK’s own Black Friday and you’re pretty much got it.
It’ll air on Radio 4 at on Wednesday 26th December from 3.00-4.30pm (GMT), adapted by Lucy Catherine with a rather star studded cast including Diana Rigg (The Avengers) as the Teller, Natalie Dorman (Game of Thrones) as Freya and Derek Jacobi (In The Night Garden) as Odin, amongst others. Even Gaiman gets a cameo. The book’s a great adaption of the surviving texts that tell the fragmented stories of Thor, Odin and Asgard with Gaiman concluding that, “what is so marvellous about the gods is how human they are, there is no infallibility. They are the gods of a cold place and they are always on guard against characters who are even colder – the frost giants. They’re very ‘us’, they’re incredibly human and it is that humanity that makes them fascinating.”
Meet the trickster god Loki and his astonishing children – the giant wolf Fenrir, Jormungundr the snake that encircles the world, and Hel, the little girl who grows up to be Queen of the dead. And Odin the all-father, who sacrificed his eye to see the future, Freya the understandably angry, most beautiful of the gods and always being gambled for by unwanted suitors. The stories take us to the very end of the world, Ragnarok.
For the full cast listing and more from Gaiman and company, read up on the full article on the Radio Times website here.