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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

A science fiction radio comedy series written by Douglas Adams that started off the H2G2 multi-media franchise phenomenon

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Bill Poster

  • Saturday 10th March 2018, 6:43pm
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 198 posts

The first ten million years were the worst. And the second ten million: they were the worst, too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that, it went into a bit of a decline.

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playfull

  • Monday 12th March 2018, 4:06pm [Edited]
  • Nottingham, England
  • 1,462 posts

That makes me feel old, 'Don't panic'...still the best sitcom-based advice I ever heard.

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Guilbert

  • Tuesday 13th March 2018, 7:42pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 84 posts

I remember listening to this on Radio 4 on headphones when it first came out.

Some of it works just so well on radio (rather than TV or film).

For example in the first episode when the Earth blows up, on headphones the sound of the earth blowing up just seems to reverberate through the universe (or your head when listening on headphones).

Then the next line from Ford Prefect is "Would you like a peanut".

I just love the contrast between one moment the earth blowing up the next moment Arthur is being offered a peanut.

Sadly when it was made into TV programmes and films some of the subtle script was lost.

For example after Ford has offered Arthur a peanut Arthur asks Ford where they are.

"We're safe" says Ford "We're in a storage hold in one of the ships of the Vogon constructor fleet"

Arthur comes back with the lovely line "This is obviously some strange usage of the word safe I wasn't previously aware of.

But in the film of a few years ago they have the same question "Where are we" and the answer "we're safe"

But the following line is totally missed out, losing one of the classic lines from the original show.

(I realise that script changes have to me made when moving from one medium to another, but to throw out classic lines like that just seem a great shame)

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Bill Poster

  • Tuesday 13th March 2018, 9:47pm [Edited]
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 198 posts

Yep. The film was a big disappointment. Less witty dialogue more visual gags. Co-written by Douglas apparently, seems hard to believe. The BBC TV series was much more faithful to the radio.

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 14th March 2018, 1:12pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 67,966 posts
Quote: Bill Poster @ 13th March 2018, 9:47 PM

The film was a big disappointment. Less witty dialogue more visual gags. Co-written by Douglas apparently, seems hard to believe.

Douglas died 2001, with the film not released till 2005. It was based on the movie scripts he'd been developing for it, but anything claiming he actually wrote the film himself is quite misleading!

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 9:41am
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 3,527 posts

Radio, the original and best... Definitely lost it after the second spurt.

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beaky

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 9:58am
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,272 posts

I'm wearing my dressing gown writing this. Just thought you might like to know.

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Frankie Mildly Perturbed

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 10:04am
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 5,484 posts
Quote: beaky @ 15th March 2018, 9:58 AM

I'm wearing my dressing gown writing this. Just thought you might like to know.

That is interesting Beaky, do you have it monogramed at all?

Mine still has my old 'Lord Rage' monogram, must get it toned down.

Hoping you are keeping well! :)

Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 15th March 2018, 9:41 AM

Radio, the original and best... Definitely lost it after the second spurt.

Anything does well to get a second spurt out IMHO..

Wotcha, cock!

You OK Michael, having a good day? :)

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 10:49am
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 3,527 posts

I won hands down but my dad came hot on my heels despite a last minute spurt from my brother.
I thought HH got worse and worse, even more so than for most series, but I went throught this at https://www.comedy.co.uk/forums/thread/20948/ and no one cares what I think anyway.

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beaky

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 3:23pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,272 posts

Just the family crest, Frankie.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 15th March 2018, 5:43pm
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 2,760 posts

The trouble is Zaphod Beeblebrox is stuck in the 1970s.

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