The Original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts

The Original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts

by Douglas Adams

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Overview

March 1978 saw the first ever transmission of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on BBC Radio 4; the beginning of a cult phenomenon.

March 2020 marks the 42nd anniversary of that first transmission – 42 being the answer, of course, to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. To mark the occasion, Pan Macmillan are bringing back into print The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts with a brand-new introduction to be announced.

The collection also includes the previously 'lost' Hitchhiker script from the 25th anniversary edition, 'Sheila's Ear' and the original introductions by producer Geoffrey Perkins and Douglas Adams.

This collection, which is a faithful reproduction of the text as it was first published in 1985, features all twelve original radio scripts – Hitchhiker as it was written and exactly as it was broadcast for the very first time. They include amendments and additions made during recordings and original notes on the writing and producing of the series by Douglas Adams and Geoffrey Perkins. For those who have always loved Douglas Adams, as well as for his new generation of fans, these scripts are essential reading and a must-have piece of Adams memorabilia.

This special anniversary edition will sit alongside reissued eye-catching editions of the five individual Hitchhiker books coming in May 2020: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447204886
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 07/26/2012
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC Radio Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 656,887
File size: 654 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

In addition to Hitchhiker, he is the author of the Dirk Gently novels: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul and the unfinished The Salmon of Doubt.


Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Original Radio Scripts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kalanasse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious! I got my copy signed at his last talk at the University of California at Santa Barbara the month before he passed away. Mine is is the 10th anniversary edition.
dsbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what you might believe, completely different from the books of the same name. New characters, new plots, new excuses to read out-loud in a British accent. In short, lots of fun, definitely recommended to anyone with a sense of humour.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Average Earthman Arthur Dent is rescued at the very last moment before the Earth is destroyed to make way for any intergalactic bypass, but his friend Ford Prefect, who turns out to be "not from Guilford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse". After facing certain death in open space, they are rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox, two-headed, three-armed and now the ex-President of the Galaxy since he stole the spaceship Heart of Gold, and his travelling companion Trillian, who Arthur once had a crush on. So begins Arthur's adventures in a galaxy that proves to be more colourful and a much, much weirder than Arthur could ever have imagined. The Hitch-Hiker's novel is the second incarnation of Douglas Adam's story. The first was a BBC radio series and there have been many after it, of which the current big screen movie (which I haven't seen) is the latest. Adams' cult hit seems to be a love-it/hate-it thing for many people, so I'll say right up that I'm in the love-it category. This was an umpteenth time reread and I know it so well (I used to be able to quote the prologue in entirety and used it to get to sleep instead of counting sheep; I'm relieved to say I couldn't do it now) that it was an interesting experience to read. Nothing was a surprise and I found my main response was a contented nostalgia, like visiting favourite childhood haunts and finding them as magical as I remembered. I remember getting into trouble in my third form social studies class for reading the book when I was supposed to be studying. I'd borrowed it from another boy in the class who was a bit geeky and a big fan. I remember visiting Auckland on a trip with Dave, long before something as outrageous as marrying him had entered my mind, and his delight at finding the CDs of the first two radio series in a bookshop. I haven't seen that boy in over twenty years and the bookshop is gone, but I can see both those moments in my memory as clear as a bell (and I'm generally not a visual person at all). Rereading the book didn't just let me revisit the story and characters, but the times in my life when I've read it before. For a silly, fun book, I realise as I write this review, that it has really had a profound effect on me. Not so much for the book itself, enjoyable as it is, but for the other memories it holds.
MacJew More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED this. But if you are a casual fan, someone who has read the book and perhaps listened to the radio program, this will give no new insight. It will, however, be like visiting an old friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate this book four stars because it's plot is humorous, awesome, and very exciting. This book has a bunch of scenes that are all tied together eventually. This story is jampacked with funny and exciting events that all lead up to the big finale. The story has characters such as vogons, robots, space ships, and Arthur Dent. Marvin, the depressed robot, is the best character of all (in my opinion). The way Douglas Adams describes Nahgathea and the super computer are exellent. I believe the book should go down in history as one of the greatest books ever. The book describes Zaphod as the president of the galaxy. It also describes the vogons as the business/ punishers of the galaxy. The main characters are all riding on a ship clled the Heart of Gold. They go to a few planets and meet many new characters along the way. The only reason Arthur Dent is traveling with aliens is because the Earth was distroyed to make way for an intergalactic bypass. I chose this book because all of my friends recommeneded it to me. Another reason why I chose this book was because it looked very interesting and sounded funny. I hope that who ever reads this review will at least consider to read The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Some other titles that I would recomend would be Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh and The Ultimate Hitch Hiker's Guide. I love all sports exept Baseball.