BBC Radio Has Ordered a New Hitchhiker's Guide Radio Drama

By Andrew Liptak on at

Grab your towels, hoopy froods: BBC Radio Four has just commissioned a new Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio drama based on the last novel of the ‘trilogy’, And Another Thing.

The original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a radio drama that first aired in 1978, which creator Douglas Adams later turned into a novel by the same name. This new series is based on the novel Eoin Colfer wrote based on Adams’ materials following his death in 2001. The six-part series will air in May 2017 on BBC Radio Four and will include some new material that’s never been published. The last radio series, based on Adams’ book Mostly Harmless, aired in 2005.

According to the British Comedy Guide, the production is still in its early stages, but director Dirk Maggs noted that he’s expecting to bring in the original cast from the earlier shows: Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Geoff McGiven as Ford Prefect, with Sandra Dickinson (who was in the original television adaptation) as Trillian. [British Comedy Guide]