Starship Titanic
Starship Titanic

Starship Titanic

  • Radio comedy drama
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2021
  • 1 episode

Adaption of Terry Jones's novel set in Douglas Adams's comic sci-fi universe, starring Michael Palin. Also features Simon Jones, Nicholas Boulton, Rupert Degas, Philip Pope and Alana Ramsey

Key details

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Douglas Adams
Michael Palin, Simon Jones, Nicholas Boulton, Rupert Degas, Philip Pope, Alana Ramsey, Ian Billings, Rebecca Yeo and more
Terry Jones and Ian Billings
Dirk Maggs
David Morley

Michael Palin stars in an exclusive adaptation of Terry Jones's comic novel. A tale of interstellar skulduggery, romance and unhinged robots based in Douglas Adams's universe.

Far off in the centre of one of the less well-chartered quadrants of the universe, a vast civilisation is preparing to launch the most technologically advanced starship ever - Starship Titanic. While the galaxy's media looks on, it unfortunately undergoes SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure) and disappears. Leovinus, the designer of the ship, uncovers shoddy workmanship, poor cybernetics and a series of increasingly eccentric robots. The owners, Scraliontis and Brobostigan, were intent on destroying the ship and claiming the insurance.

Meanwhile in Oxfordshire, four humans are inspecting a property they intend buying, only to see it crushed under the re-materialising Starship. This disaster is swiftly followed by an invitation from an over-attentive robot to come aboard, and Lucy, Dan and Nettie are catapulted into a series of increasingly bizarre encounters.

Stylistically emulating the work of the great Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, the late Terry Jones weaves a fabulously mad and comic tale, adapted by Ian Billings[/] and directed by Dirk Maggs, who also directed the last four editions of the Hitchhiker's sagas.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Drama: Starship Titanic
Music by Philip Pope.

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 19th December 2021 at 3pm on BBC Radio 4
Episode length
1 hour

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