Hitchhiker's Guide (radio plays)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised) Summary

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend.

The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh.

Join Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android in their first series of adventures as they witness the destruction of Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass, stumble upon the ancient planet of Magrathea, dine at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and seek an answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe And Everything.

Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore and a full supporting cast star in these BBC Radio 4 episodes.

A special 55-minute bonus programme, Douglas Adams’s Guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, explores the genesis of the radio series and its incredible success, with contributions from the original cast and production team.  

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  • Book 1

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 958
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 958

    A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • funny, adventurous and youthful

    • By Ryan on 07-10-09

    Regular price: £14.00

  • Book 2

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 594
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 438

    Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Science meets philosophy - and laughs

    • By Alexander Macallister on 02-02-14

    Regular price: £14.00

  • Book 3

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Tertiary Phase (Dramatised)

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 367

    Stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find escape in the form of a time-travelling sofa. But as eleven homicidal, bat-wielding robots proceed to blow up Lord’s Cricket Ground, it seems that Arthur is far from Home and Dry. In fact, he is not even Home and Vigorously Towelling Himself. Off. Soon he is on an explosive quest to save the Universe, equipped with only a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship which looks remarkably like an Italian bistro. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Glad to hear it

    • By Vince on 14-06-06

    Regular price: £14.00

  • Book 4

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quandary Phase (Dramatised)

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    Don’t panic! The Hitchhiker’s saga returns once again with a full-cast dramatisation of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, the fourth book in Douglas Adams’s famous ‘trilogy in five parts’. The Earth has miraculously reappeared and, even more miraculously, Arthur Dent has found it. Returning to his cottage after...well...ages, he falls in love with the girl of his dreams. But Ford Prefect is on to something which might well burst Arthur’s bubble. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Does what the book doesn't & blends perfectly...

    • By Lee Grant on 23-07-13

    Regular price: £12.00

  • Book 5

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Quintessential Phase (Dramatised)

    • By: Douglas Adams
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260

    While frequent flyer Arthur Dent searches the universe for his lost love, Ford Prefect discovers a disturbing blast from the past at The Hitchhiker’s Guide HQ. Meanwhile, on one of many versions of Earth, a blonder, more American Trillian gets tangled up with a party of lost aliens having an identity crisis. And just when Arthur thinks he has found his true vocation on the backwater planet of Lamuella, the original Trillian turns up with more than a little spanner in the works. A stolen ship, a dramatic stampede and a new and sinister Guide lead to a race to save the Earth...again. But this time, will they succeed? 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So long and thanks for all the laughs...sorry!

    • By Lee Grant on 06-10-11

    Regular price: £12.00