That’s great news. First, “each episode will be available for 7 days following the Thursday evening repeats” on Radio 4’s amazing website. So you can’t even miss one episode, even if you’re very absentiminded.
And of course you will absolutly want the episode on tapes or even better on CDs (well you can buy both too!). They are already available in pre order on BBC shop. The release date is next 25 october, so you won’t have to wait long! The CD version (3 cds) cost 11£99 (you get 4£ off the usual price 15£99) and the tapes version (3 tapes) costs 14£99. As notice MJ Simpson on his website, they are worth buying because they are longer edits. In total there is about 21 minutes of extra material – which is nearly an entire other episode!”
You’ll have to wait a little more to get your hands on the scriptbook, but you’ll get the whole new series (14 episodes, “So long” and “Mostly Harmless” will be broadcasted next spring in eight episodes). It’s going to be published by Pan Macmillan the 1st July 2005.
Of course, the press is going to cover the radio series broadcast. You’ve got to buy a copy of this month’ TV Zone. Some great articles have been writen in this issue by Hitchhiker’s legend Kevin Davies (see his interview here) and Andrew Pixley, a researcher into archive TV and radio. As Raymond Daley wrote on afda : “Get off your arses and speed your way to your nearest newsagaents to buy Tv Zone #180. It has an article about the hikers original radio series (some very nice pictures there) and stuff about the NEW radio series transmitting in September.Well worth a look, LOTS of nice pix to look at. and a mention of a special dvd for the new series (I’ll say no more, read the mag!)”.
The Mail on Sunday plans to publish some good stuff too. MJ Simpson wrote on his site that “Dirk Maggs tells me that he was recently interviewed about the Tertiary Phase for the Night and Day section of the Mail on Sunday. This article will be published in the paper on 12th September”.