The BBC have announced the return of the cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Radio 4.
To mark the 40th anniversary of Hitchhiker’s first being heard over the airwaves, the original cast are reuniting for a series to be known as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase”.
Confirmed as returning for the series are Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson as Trillian and, of course, none other than Simon Jones as the dressing-gown-wearing, towel-wielding Arthur Dent himself.
From the man himself,
It seems extraordinary that it’s been 40 years since we recorded the first pilot episode for BBC radio – how modest were our expectations then, and how amazing a world-wide phenomenon it became, and continues to be.
I never expected to still be searching for a decent cup of tea and some kind of answer to life, the universe and everything almost a lifetime later.
Still, the dressing-gown and towel may be a little threadbare, like my hair, but my voice, much to my surprise, hasn’t changed a decibel, and despite years in America, I can still talk Arthur’s ‘indignant-posh’.
Over the years, we’ve lost some great friends, and we still miss them, but we’ve also gained other valued colleagues, and for this trip across the Galaxy we have a tip-top team all ready to do justice to Douglas’ unique and quixotic vision.
This latest installment of the series is to include unpublished material by Adams based on notebooks and other writings, but will mostly be based on And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer.
The book was commissioned by Douglas Adams’ estate, to close off the series on a better note. Colfer himself initially had reservations about approaching such a special series, describing his first reaction as “semi-outrage” before agreeing to such a “wonderful opportunity”.
We’re excited to have more Hitchhiker’s in any form, so best of luck to all involved and let’s hope they can deliver on the expectations!