BBC Audio will release an upcoming BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle as a digital download in January 2021, with an exclusive introduction from the author.
The Sleeper and the Spindle (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2014) is a fairytale which merges Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The synopsis reads: "In a mountain kingdom far away, a young queen prepares for her wedding, believing her future is sealed. But when three dwarves bring news of a sleeping sickness sweeping across her realm, she knows she cannot stand by and do nothing. As a girl, she survived her own long, magical sleep, so she must try to turn back this new plague and save her people."
Starring Penelope Wilton, Gwendoline Christie, Ralph Ineson and Gaiman himself, who will play the home secretary, the radio adaptation will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 26th December 2020. The digital download will follow on January 28th 2021 and a physical CD edition will be available in March 2021.