May 19 2005
I was driving somewhere (I think it may have been to the co-op) the other night and I had the radio tuned in to BBC Radio 4 (it’s really quite interesting in an intellectual kind of way, plus they’ve got the “Just a minute” and “Sorry I haven’t a clue” quiz shows) and I suddenly realised that what was coming out of the radio sound almost exactly like the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio shows.
This confused me for sometime as I have listened repeatedly to the original shows repeatedly but I couldn’t recognise the bit that I heard on the radio. The two series’ that were original broadcast were the basis for the books “Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy” and “Restaurant at the End of the Universe” (Primary Phase and Secondry Phase). Douglas Adams went on to write a further three books: “Life, the Universe and Everything”, “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish” and “Mostly Harmless” which were not initial released as radio shows.
Well, it would appear that they have now been produced, and are being aired on BBC Radio 4 (for more details) and because I haven’t read the books (I only listened to the original radio shows) I didn’t know exactly what I was listening to so to catch up I’ll have to go buy the CDs.
Oh, and as for the film…. I was more than a little disappointed. Zaphod was wrong, Marvin was wrong, Ford Prefect was wrong (very wrong!!!!), the Heart of Gold was wrong, and the whole order of events (if you ask me) were wrong.