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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Complete Radio Series Audio CD – Audiobook, Box set, CD
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"The BBC radio series are top quality productions, exhibiting great imagination, terrific sound design and almost flawless casting. This box set is exactly what you need" (Peter Saunders http://www.zetaminor.com)
All five BBC Radio series' of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, plus two bonus programmes - Kaleidoscope and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent.See all Product description
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The original radio series was written and broadcast in 1978, with a second series a couple of years later. These suffered, perhaps, from Adams's habits as a writer (he was a compulsive rewriter and could never finish things) and the BBC's habits as a producer. At the end of writing the first series, Adams wound it all up very conclusively because he assumed that a second series wouldn't be commissioned. However, a second series was commissioned, and he had to go through some incredibly tortuous writing to get the story going again. At the end of the second series, he left it deliberately open-ended because he assumed that the BBC would immediately commission a third series, but they didn't. So the original radio series has the effect of coming to a natural end halfway through, then grinding back into motion again and finishing in a rather unsatisfying way. For all that, the first two series are the real gold: brilliantly witty, astonishingly inventive and full of unforgettable moments. These are the reason why Hitch-Hiker fans tend to be obsessive.Read more ›
Inside there's three triple CD cases, which are the first three radio broadcast seasons; The Primary Phase: 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [first broadcast 1978]', The Secondary Phase: 'The Restaurant at the end of the universe ' and The Tertiary Phase: 'Life, the universe and everything ' - with each Phase having three audio CDs and a neat 6 page booklet. This is followed by the three single CD cases: The Quandary Phase (2 CDs: 'So long, and thanks for all the fish '), The Quintessential Phase (2 CDs: 'Mostly Harmless ', the final series dramatisation with 40 extra minutes over the broadcast version).Read more ›
I was in heaven for many hours during a long car trip!
Arthur Dent's journey through space (still wearing his dressing gown) has become a modern classic, and is likely to remain so for a very long time. If you ask me, the new film is an insult to a brilliant, and sometimes very meaningfull, work of science fiction.
And by the way, the answer to LTUAE really IS 42!
I expected the 2 radio plays, but not only did it have them on 3 CDs each @ 2 episodes per CD, it also has a 3 CD radio dramatisation of Life, The Universe and Everything, a 2 CD dramatisation each of Mostly Harmless and So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, and a final disc containing Kaleidoscope and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent. These being a behind the scenes look at the first 2 radio series and Douglas Adams talking about the genesis of the radio series; Simon Jones on being asked to take on the role of Arthur and Geoffrey Perkins on the struggles with the BBC to get them broadcast in the first place.
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The original Radio series is great to listen to on long journeys or on a cold wet day when you can't get out and about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob A....
What can I say? It is simply wonderful to get this lot in one beautifully bound set.
Obviously the first two seasons have that extra spark of originality that set them apart,... Read more
Classic, which has pride of place in my collection.Published 6 months ago by Robert Anthony Faulkner
It was so much fun going to the original source of this brilliant series. Good times!Published 7 months ago by Darla M. Sands
I am a huge Hitch-hiker fan, having bought the entire radio series, the books, the TV series, the A3 size book and the movie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by tubbydaddy
The only thing labeled 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', that is not worth a pinch of sh*#, is that awful film starring Martin Freeman.
Buy this, not that