Just aired on BBC Radio 4 was With Great Pleasure, Neil Gaiman, a series of readings and audio extracts for Christmas Day presented by Neil Gaiman.
With actors Peter Capaldi, Nina Sosanya and John Finnemore, with music from Mitch Benn and members of Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
Recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre, and presented from the writer of Sandman, it includes extracts from Neil Gaiman's favourites:
- Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers
- Fair Mistress Dorothy by A.A. Milne, performed by the cast
- Charles Dickens' Captain Murderer story from The Uncommercial Traveller
- The poem Differences of Opinion by Wendy Cope.
- Alan Moore's song Me & Dorothy Parker performed by Mitch Benn,
- A clip of BBC radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- And two ukulele songs.
The producer is Beth O'Dea and the show is available free, for 29 days, globally without restriction or paywall, right here.
And some folk have been tweeting up a storm.
OMG listening to @neilhimself With Great Pleasure and it's the Mary Poppins baby story, which I first read when we had our first baby and good lord.
— David Quantick (@quantick) December 25, 2018
Think of it as a Desert Island Discs going out on Xmas day. You wouldn't expect every song to be a Carol. (And yet, gruesome Dickens is Xmassy too. Remember the undertaker scenes in A Christmas Carol where they are dividing up Scrooge's possessions?)
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 25, 2018