Douglas Adams
Great Lives - Douglas Adams

Great Lives - Douglas Adams

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2018
  • 1 episode

A look at the life of Douglas Adams, as nominated by the co-author of Last Chance To See Mark Carwardine. Also features Matthew Parris, Jem Roberts, Stephen Fry, John Lloyd, Naomi Alderman and more.

Douglas Adams

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BBC Radio 4
Matthew Parris, Mark Carwardine, Jem Roberts, Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, John Lloyd, Naomi Alderman, Griff Rhys Jones and Geoffrey Perkins
Miles Warde

"Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, this is an interesting world I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, don't you think?"

Douglas Noel Adams wasn't even fifty when he died in 2001, but his imagination had already roamed far. He created The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Meaning Of Liff and several episodes of Doctor Who, plus the Dirk Gently character and Last Chance To See.

Nominating him is his co-writer on Last Chance To See, the zoologist Mark Carwardine. Mark's role, Adams said later, was to be the one who knew what he was talking about. "My role was to be an extremely ignorant non-zoologist to whom everything that happened would come as a complete surprise."

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 4:30pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
30 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 13th March 2022 at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 12th March 2022 at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  • Saturday 12th March 2022 at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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