Don't Panic! It's The Douglas Adams Papers
John Lloyd uncovers the story of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
- BBC Radio 4
- John Lloyd, Simon Brett, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey and Paddy Kingsland
The papers, donated to St John's College, Cambridge University, include note books, ramblings, rants about how hard it is to write, unfinished scenes and passages never included in Douglas Adams's books.
John Lloyd co-wrote the first series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, which started on Radio 4 in 1978. He reveals that he and Douglas Adams had been commissioned to write the first novel together, following the success of the radio series, but Douglas decided to "give me the boot" and went on to write the books on his own. The novels have sold something in the region of 14 million copies.
Other contributors to the programmes include the original producer and now novelist Simon Brett; original cast members Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern and Mark Wing-Davey; and Paddy Kingsland of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.