Monday, October 11, 2004

Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy


had a pleasant weekend away, visiting relations in the Midlands (Leiceter and Birmingham) but I am sure you do not want to hear about that!!

What you may like to hear though, is that BBC Radio 4 are producing a new series of Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, starting tomorow night (Tuesday) at 6.30 pm. to be repeated on Thursday at 11pm - it can also be heard 24/7 on the Radio 4 internet site.

My first introduction to this fabulous story was listening to it being broadcast on Radio 4 and, as the BBC says ( and I am sure they will not mind me quoting them)

Twenty-five years after the original radio series of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy exploded into the public consciousness, the further exploits of its bewildered hero, Arthur Dent, are being brought to life in their original medium and with the (mainly) original cast.

The last three books of the ‘trilogy in five parts’, Life, The Universe And Everything; So Long And Thanks For All The Fish and Mostly Harmless, have been dramatised as two new series (none of them were previously produced for radio).

As the original two series were dubbed the Primary and Secondary Phases by Douglas Adams, these new series form the Tertiary, Quadrenary and Quintessential Phases. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology, Douglas Adams himself can be heard playing the part of Agrajag.

This great new series is also available on CD and cassette. Again, to quote the Beeb,

Many of the cast of the original BBC Radio 4 series have been reunited for this new six-part dramatisation of Douglas Adams's book 'Life, the Universe and Everything'.

Amongst the returning cast are Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Other famous names in these new productions include Richard Griffiths, Chris Langham, Joanna Lumley and cricket commentators Fred Trueman and Henry Blofeld.

PRE-ORDER NOW! Be one of the first to own Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Tertiary Phase.You can order now and receive it on the official release date of 25th October 2004.You will not be charged until your order is ready for despatch.

To pre order this CD, click here and you will be taken direct to the BBC Shop.

Finally, I will say goodnight by including a couple more true Stories (OK I know there are three) - but who's counting?

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, "This sort of thing is all too common". (The Times)

At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard on the spot and asked him to estimate the windspeed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)

Mrs Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out "Heil Hitler." (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Sweet dreams


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