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40th Anniversary of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio 4


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One of my favorite things ever is the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It started in 1978 as a BBC Radio 4 series. I remember listening to it on CBC in Vancouver, Canada in the early 80s. I bought the whole show on tape cassette and still have a digital copy of it. In 1981 the BBC did a TV adaptation which was not as good, and a disappointing movie followed in 2005 (we were in England when it was released and I remember seeing it in Salisbury). Somewhere in there Douglas Adams turned the radio play into a series of books - a trilogy consisting of 4 books because who says a trilogy has to be 3? I read all of them. Douglas Adams died young in 2001 and I often wonder what he would be writing if he were alive today.

The BBC has a new series of Hitchhiker's for the 40th-anniversary. It starts on BBC Radio 4 on 8 March. It has the same characters but is based some things that Adams wrote but were not published.

The Guardian - Don't panic! The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is back
It’s the biggest thing to happen to the universe since the Vogons blew up Earth. Our writer grabs a babelfish and goes behind the scenes as the space satire returns



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