The cast of the radio series. Copyright: BBC / Above The Title Productions
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1978 - 2018
  • 32 episodes (6 series)

A science fiction radio comedy series written by Douglas Adams that started off the H2G2 multi-media franchise phenomenon. Stars Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Peter Jones, William Franklyn, John Lloyd and more.

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The 42nd anniversary of the H2G2 novel

It was 42 years ago this month where the literary world learned the answer to life, the universe and everything. While the face of radio comedy changed forever back in March of 1978, it was October of 1979 that Douglas Adams unleashed The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, as a book, on the world.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 20th October 2021

The radio that delights Robin Ince

Last week, the funniest BBC Radio show of all time was named in the Radio Times. All other radio shows will be destroyed and used as landfill. I had quite forgotten that 11 months before, I had put in my nominations. I have no idea if any of this got used in the Radio Times, but this is what I wrote.

Robin Ince, Robin Ince's Blog, 27th November 2020

Radio Times poll of best radio comedies

Radio 4 panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue has come top of a Radio Times list of the greatest radio comedy shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th November 2020

The Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide: Secondary Phase

Shortly after the broadcast of the first series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 1978 (42 years ago to be exact) it had almost immediately become apparent that the series was not just an unexpected success, but something of a phenomenon.

Jazzy Janey, The Comedy Blog, 21st July 2020

The Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide: Primary Phase

A profile of the original radio series.

Jazzy Janey, The Comedy Blog, 25th June 2020

Radio 4 Extra to celebrate 42 years of Hitchhiker's Guide

Radio 4 Extra is to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of sci-fi sitcom The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy with a series of programmes on Sunday 8th March.

British Comedy Guide, 28th February 2020 Awards 2018 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2018 have been announced. 60 programmes are now in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 21st January 2019

Hitchhiker's Guide released on vinyl

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is to be released on vinyl for the first time.

British Comedy Guide, 25th May 2018

Why resurrection of Hitchhiker's Guide falls flat

As the sixth full-cast series of Hitchhiker's Guide ended, it was hard not to mop one's bleeding ears and think what a sorry task it had been.

Antonia Quirke, The New Statesman, 27th April 2018

How Stephen Hawking became the Hitchhiker's Guide

One of his final cameos in the world of entertainment was a performance in the newest addition to the comedy sci-fi epic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which debuted on BBC Radio 4 last week.

Greg Evans, The Independent, 16th March 2018

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