Hitchhiker’s Guide returns to Radio 4

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The cult movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back on radio to mark the 40th anniversary of the first hit the airwaves.

The original distribution in the sixth instalment of Douglas Adams ‘ sci-fi story called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the Hexagonal Phase.

It was adapted from And Another Thing… written by Eoin Colfer.

The six episodes from the Radio 4 series will include unreleased material by Adams based on notebooks and other writings.

Colfer, the novel has been commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate for the 30th anniversary of the first novel.
‘Good cup of tea”

Simon Jones will return to his role of Arthur Dent as he travels through time and space in his robe.

He said: “It seems extraordinary that it’s been 40 years that we have recorded the first pilot episode for the BBC radio – how modest were our expectations then, and how amazing a world-wide phenomenon it became, and continues to be so.

“I didn’t expect it to always be in search of a good cup of tea and a kind of answer to life, the universe and almost a lifetime later.

“Yet, the bathrobe and the towel can be a bit of a rough time, as my hair, but my voice, to my great surprise, has not changed one decibel, and despite the years in America, I can still talk to Arthur ‘indignant-chic”.”

He said that the series has promised to be the “wittiest and most epic adventure yet”.

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The cast also includes Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian. Guest stars include Jane Horrocks, who will play Fenchurch.

Jones added: “Over the years, we have lost some friends, and we still do, but we have also gained other valued colleagues, and for this trip through the Galaxy, we have a great team all ready to do justice to Douglas’ unique and worthy of don quixote of the vision.”

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It is set to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 next spring, with the archives of the episodes of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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