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Anansi Boys. Image shows from L to R: Charlie (Jacob Anderson), Mr Nancy (Lenny Henry), Spider (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett). Copyright: BBC.

Anansi Boys

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama based on Neil Gaiman's book. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2017. Stars Lenny Henry, Jacob Anderson, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Marcell and others.

Anansi Boys. Image shows from L to R: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Bird Woman (Adjoa Andoh), Mr Nancy (Lenny Henry), Charlie (Jacob Anderson), Spider (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett). Copyright: BBC.

Anansi Boys

A Radio 4 adaptation of a Neil Gaiman novel, starring Lenny Henry

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2017
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
6   (1 series)
Starring
Lenny Henry, Jacob Anderson, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Marcell, Cecilia Noble, Angela Wynter, Adjoa Andoh, Pippa Bennett-Warner and others
Writer
Neil Gaiman
Director
Allegra McIlroy
Producer
Allegra McIlroy

Returning to the territory Neil Gaiman explored in American Gods, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into mythology.

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.

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