Oooh, that’s excited me.
The original cast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy will reunite to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original BBC sitcom written by Douglas Adams that spawned a TV series, books, a film, computer games, and so, many, many quotes.
Dirk Maggs, who produced the third, fourth and fifth radio series based on the final Douglas Adams books after his death, is to do the same for the sixth book by Eoin Colfer, And Another Thing.
Dubbed “The Hexagonal Phase”, it will also include previously unpublished material by Adams, sourced from notebooks and writings preserved in the library at St. John’s College in Cambridge.
Simon Jones will reprise his lead role as Arthur Dent saying that “the dressing-gown and towel may be a little threadbare, like my hair, but my voice, much to my surprise, hasn’t changed a decibel, and despite years in America, I can still talk Arthur’s ‘indignant-posh’.”
He will be joined by Geoff McGivern as the original Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox though with Sandra Dickinson who played Trillian on the TV adaptation, as the original Trillian, Susan Sheridan, died two years ago. Special guest stars include Jane Horrocks as the new Fenchurch.
As for the most important voice of all, the voice of the Book, following Peter Jones, William Franklyn and Stephen Fry, will be co-writer of the radio show, co-author with Douglas of The Meaning Of Liff, and the man behind Blackadder, Not The Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image and QI John Lloyd.
And the show will be first heard at the end of the month at MCM London Comic Con this autumn, with a Hitchhikers panel with Simon Jones, John Lloyd and Dirk Maggs.
I want to start queuing now.