The BBC Radio presentation of Good Omens, which gave us all such brilliant fun and laughter, was acknowledged at the BBC Audio Drama Awards. This was Neil’s award. I am adding a tribute here to Terry Pratchett, Neil’s co-conspirator in creating this classic, which has endured over many years.
Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett
Gaiman won the outstanding contribution award for the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of his work, Good Omens and Neverwhere.
Picking up his award, Gaiman said he has “honoured, overwhelmed and thrilled” and that radio had always been a passion of his from an early age.
“You can do amazing things inside someone’s head with radio and radio drama,” he said.
“I don’t remember a time that I didn’t care about radio drama… it can become part of the fabric of one’s life, exercising the imagination, making the listener into a collaborator with the actors and the writer and the director.
“It’s faster and more fun and cheaper to make than a feature film, and sometimes a hundred times more effective.”
Good Omens, the 1990 by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett was adapted for Radio 4 by Dirk Maggs, director of the radio and stage version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and aired over Christmas.