Neil Gaiman, author and TV showrunner

The British scribe wrote and produced the television version of his 1990 novel Good Omens because of a promise he made to the late Terry Pratchett

The television adaptation of the 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (above) stars David Tennant (far left) and Michael Sheen.
The television adaptation of the 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman stars David Tennant (left) and Michael Sheen.PHOTO: AMAZON STUDIOS, BEOWULF SHEEHAN
The television adaptation of the 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (above) stars David Tennant (far left) and Michael Sheen.
The television adaptation of the 1990 fantasy novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (above) stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen.PHOTO: AMAZON STUDIOS, BEOWULF SHEEHAN

From his revered Sandman comic-book series (1989 to 2015) to the hit novels American Gods (2001) and Stardust (1997), Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers alive today, penning fantasy, horror and science-fiction tales for adults and children and, occasionally, turning his hand to poetry, screenplays, journalism and even song lyrics.

But it was with some reluctance that the acclaimed British scribe added another title - television showrunner - to his resume.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2020, with the headline 'Neil Gaiman, author and TV showrunner'. Subscribe