Monday, August 15, 2011

#93 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (BBC)

Some might call it strange, odd or weird. Others may describe it as just plain "far out." Either way it's a bit different. It's... The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, a funny science fiction fantasy filled with intelligent satire, sharp wit, and comedic dialogue. The series follows the adventures of hapless Englishman Arthur Dent and and his friend Ford Prefect an alien who writes for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a pan-galactic encyclopedia and travel guide, Zaphod Beeblebox (Ford's semi-cousin and Galactic President), a depressed robot named Marvin and Trillian (the only other human to survive Earth's destruction). The Hitchhiker's Guide, different as it may be, is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations.

From the BBC:
From the original Primary and Secondary Phases, through to the more recent Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases, these are the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and their assorted human, robotic and alien companions.

These full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas star Simon Jones, Peter Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore and Susan Sheridan, with a stellar guest cast including John le Mesurier, Joanna Lumley, Christian Slater, Jackie Mason, Sandra Dickinson, Rula Lenska, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Pryce.

Also included is an exclusive bonus disc containing two programmes from the BBC Archive: Kaleidoscope from 1980 (going behind the scenes of the second series) and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent from 2002.

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