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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Zaune » 2018-03-08 05:07pm

So, yeah, this is a thing. Released in a dramatic blaze of no publicity at all, as Douglas Adams himself once put it, because the first I knew of any of this was an ad for it on Radio 3 yesterday morning.
Simon Jones stars as Arthur Dent in a brand new full-cast series based on And Another Thing..., the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.

Forty years on from the first ever radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and friends return to be thrown back into the Whole General Mish Mash, in a rattling adventure involving Viking Gods and Irish Confidence Tricksters, with our first glimpse of Eccentrica Gallumbits and a brief but memorable moment with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of Traal.

Starring John Lloyd as The Book, with Simon Jones as Arthur, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson and Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Jim Broadbent as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Jane Horrocks as Fenchurch. The cast also includes Samantha Béart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Ed Byrne, Lenny Henry, Philip Pope, Mitch Benn, Jon Culshaw and Professor Stephen Hawking.

The series is written and directed by Dirk Maggs and based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams.
I'm not particularly fired up about this, given that it's based off And Another Thing..., but it wouldn't be right not to have a thread on it.
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Crazedwraith » 2018-03-08 05:15pm

TBF I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago. It got a reasonably amount of ads around the other bbc radio 4 630 comedies. And John Lloyd promoted it on Loose Ends the other week as well.

The first episode was half recap and half false realities. Not that great but it might pick up.

And yeah the into and exit make a weird big thing about it being based on And Another thing...
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Zaune » 2018-03-08 05:18pm

Crazedwraith wrote:
2018-03-08 05:15pm
The first episode was half recap and half false realities. Not that great but it might pick up.

And yeah the into and exit make a weird big thing about it being based on And Another thing...
Well, that's just hoopy.
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Elheru Aran » 2018-03-08 06:11pm

Ironically, it's apparently Ford Prefect's birthday.

I miss Ford.
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Crazedwraith » 2018-03-22 03:32pm

Caught the third episode. Seems to be developing at a glacial pace.
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by LadyTevar » 2018-03-22 03:42pm

Crazedwraith wrote:
2018-03-22 03:32pm
Caught the third episode. Seems to be developing at a glacial pace.
So, true to the book then? *didn't like the novel*
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Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

Post by Zaune » 2018-03-31 08:27am

I have to admit I never actually finished it. Colfer didn't do a very good job of capturing the tone of the originals, and even if he had there was never going to be a good way of dealing with the fallout from Mostly Harmless other than quietly pretending it never happened. Which I would have been entirely fine with, by the way, because I didn't like that novel much either.
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