Dirk Gently, radio drama

Richard MacDuff is having one of those days. His couch is stuck in the stairwell, there’s a horse in the bathroom, and his old school pal Svlad Cjelli has invited himself back into Richard’s life on some kind of interconnected detective case. Penned by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is…

A Geek’s Guide to Islington

I moved to Islington in 2007 primarily because I’m a geek. I had this idea that if I lived where Douglas Adams had lived, I’d find the same source of inspiration. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is dedicated to “the Arlingtonians for tea, sympathy, and a sofa.” This refers to Jonny Brock and Clare Gorst, who…

News: Dirk Gently Given 8 Episodes

We heard a while ago that BBC America was planning to remake Dirk Gently, a TV series based on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, which had been made once before in the UK starring Stephen Mangan. It had also been announced that Max Landis will be writing it. Now it’s been confirmed at BBC America has…

8 Jokes About Religion

“The kind of people who turn to Jesus tend to be the sort of people who haven’t done that well with everybody else.” –Dylan Moran “On one hand you’ve got the Theory of Evolution, and on the other side you’ve got the Theory of Ta-da!” –Robin Ince “What makes you wonder about the nature of…

Hitchhiker’s Guide, radio show

Space is big. And in space’s mind-bogglingly vastness is a small blue/green planet on which lives Arthur Dent shortly before said blue/green planet is destroyed by an intergalactic construction fleet clearing the way for a hyperspace bypass. Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, whose radio version is its first, best, and truest form, is a…

Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World

Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World (2015) is a sci-fi comedy radio drama from Mildly Rebellious Productions. You can listen to it on iTunes and Mildly Rebellious Productions’ website. One day, Owen (Joe McCarthy) awakes from his train-brain coma to discover that a virus has run amok (and by run amok, I…

Teaser: The Frood

I own several Douglas Adams biographies, but The Frood is something special, not just because it’s bigger than a doorstop but because it’s almost written like someone who’s only ever read Douglas Adams’ writing. There are lots of turns of phrases that are Adamsy and many in-jokes and references within the text. And that’s nothing to say…

How to Make Tea

1. Jon Richardson Some hot water goes in first to warm the mug, then is tipped out before milk and tea bag go in together with one sugar and fill to the top [with water]. Leave for a minute, stir thoroughly, then drink. Some people get very angry about my putting the milk in with…

Richard Herring’s Obscure Watch List – Part 4

Richard Herring introduces each of his guests on his RHLSTP podcast (audio / video) by highlighting the most obscure roles they’ve done, which have been excruciatingly excavated from the farthest reaches of pop culture (by which I mean Herring poked around on Internet Movie Database for about a minute). So, for you trivia nerds, here…

H2G2 Live in Concert

There are various forms of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy audio recordings: the audiobooks, the radio dramas, the recordings of the live radio tour, Character Invasion, and so on. Live in Concert is a 1996 audio recording of Douglas Adams himself reading in front of a live audience select passages from the later books, including the Pythonesque conversation between Ford…

Free: Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World

Don’t Worry: It’s Only the End of the World (2015) is a sci-fi comedy radio drama from Mildly Rebellious Productions. You can listen to it on iTunes and Mildly Rebellious Productions’ website. If you like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, check it out. Full review to come this September.

Douglas Adams at the BBC

This audio book is a collection of (mostly radio) highlights from Douglas Adams’ career, narrated by Simon Jones, as himself. It’s structured rather cleverly by the alphabet with A for aye-aye, Z for zoology, and everything in between. If you are a Douglas Adams fan, this audio collection is an absolute must, as it contains many…

Quote: Technology

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Disney film

I’m a huge Douglas Adams fan and am, perhaps, overly familiar with all the different formats of the Hitchhiker’s Guide franchise. My overall opinion of the Disney film (2005) is that it may make a good Disney film (though even that I’m skeptical about) but it makes a horrible addition to the original canon. In this post,…

And Another Thing, a review

And Another Thing… Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Part Six of Three by Eoin Colfer 265 pages Fiction What is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Hitchhiker’s Guide is a 5-book trilogy by the late Douglas Adams. It’s a British science fiction comedy based on Adams’s radio series that eventually also became a…

Career: Martin Freeman

By now, everybody knows who Martin Freeman is, whether they are fans of The Hobbit or Sherlock or The Office. He has played some of literature’s most iconic characters: Bilbo from The Hobbit, John Watson from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, and Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, none of which share many similarities. He’s also played a variety of…

Character Invasion: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

What is it? As part of BBC Radio 4’s “Character Invasion,” the cast of the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series reunited for a brand new 75-minute taping, based largely on the live shows they’d been touring the last couple years. That’s Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Susan Sheridan, Mark Wing-Davy, Stephen Moore, and Toby Longworth,…

Hitchhiker’s Guide 36th Anniversary

Today is the 36th anniversary of the very first broadcast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series. To celebrate, BBC Radio 4 Extra will replay the first two series of the radio show, and they are launching a new version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy computer game, which is a text-based game that…