The first episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series has been broadcast on Radio 4 the 8th March 1978. We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy this march, and as you can expect there will be some celebrations.
Don’t Panic! It’s The Douglas Adams Papers (Radio 4, 3rd March)
A 58mn long radio show for Archive on 4. “John Lloyd unearths the private papers of his friend and colleague Douglas Adams, and discovers more about the agonies he went through to write The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, forty years ago. The papers, donated to St John’s College, Cambridge University, include notebooks, ramblings, rants about how hard it is to write, unfinished scenes and passages never included in Douglas Adams’ books… Other contributors to the programmes include the original producer and now novelist Simon Brett; original cast members Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern and Mark Wing-Davey; and Paddy Kingsland of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop…”
The Hexagonal Phase (Radio 4, 8th March)
As you know, Dirk Maggs has adapted “And another thing”, the 6th part of Hitchhiker, written by Eoin Colfer and published in 2009. Maggs is a magician and most of the original cast is back (with a few changes of course. Trillian will played by Sandra Dickinson, and John Lloyd will step into the voice of The Book. We also recently learned that Stephen Hawkins will be the voice of the Hitchhiker’s Guide MkII ! The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase will air over six episodes on Radio 4 from 8 March at 6.30pm.
You will be able to listen to The Hexagonal phase on Radio 4 website (whatever country you live in). Then it will be released on CD the 19th April 2018.
Meanwhile, you can still visit The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy page on Radio 4 website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v379k
Hitchhiker’s Guide Returns – Conversation with Dirk Maggs (University of Winchester, UK, 14th March)
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 40 years old and returns to Radio 4 this spring with a new series featuring many of the original cast members. It is directed by (the mostly harmless) University of Winchester alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Dirk Maggs.
Dirk is a prolific, multi award-winning writer and director for audio drama, the stage, games, film and television and, at the bequest of the Hitchhiker’s creator Douglas Adams, was the director of three of the previous five radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Dirk will be talking about his work and this latest adventure with former BBC Deputy Director General and close friend, Mark Byford.”