The cast of the radio series. Copyright: BBC / Above The Title Productions.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about space travel. 32 episodes (6 series), 1978 - 2018. Stars Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Peter Jones, William Franklyn and others.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Copyright: BBC / Above The Title Productions.

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1978 - 2018
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
32   (6 series)
Starring
Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Peter Jones, William Franklyn, John Lloyd, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore, Susan Sheridan and others
Writers
Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer and Dirk Maggs
Director
Dirk Maggs
Producers
Dirk Maggs, David Morley and Helen Chattwell

Arthur Dent discovers his house is to be bulldozed to make way for a bypass. Later he finds that Earth is to be destroyed as well. He escapes on a Vogon spaceship with his friend Ford Prefect.

Unable to return to Earth, Arthur becomes a reluctant space tourist. He is soon traversing the universe with his friend Ford Prefect, who is employed by Megadodo Publications to write entries for The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Also along for the ride is an alien with two heads called Zaphod Beeblebrox, a paranoid robot android called Marvin and Tricia McMillan (aka Trillian), the only other survivor of Earth's destruction.

The show is to return in 2018 for a sixth series... The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.

Production Details

Tagline
Don't Panic!
Part of

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Production companies
Also known as
  • HHGTTG (Acronym)
  • H2G2
Soundtrack
This was the first BBC radio comedy to be recorded in stereo. The title music is Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles. Series 3-5 music by Paul 'Wix' Wickens.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 8th March 1978 on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 12th April 2018 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 30th July 2018 at 10:30pm on Radio 4 Extra

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