I don’t think this made it to the main page, but Gizmodo UK has a short overview of the six different versions of Shada - the lost finale from Tom Baker’s penultimate series of Doctor Who.
Yes, BBC Radio 4 is re-airing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy show. You know, the one about life, the universe and everything. Free streaming for everybody!
There are a couple of cult gems from the vaults of Auntie Beeb coming up on BBC Radio 4 Extra (with the inevitable catch up on iPlayer if you are further afield). Both are trilogies if you don’t count the extra parts.
On March 11th 1952, the universe gave us Douglas Adams. And we were better for it. So put down the Vogon poetry and grab your towel, we’re looking at the life and works of Douglas Adams, this week on Midweek Trivia.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has existed in many versions. Radio series, vinyl albums, novels, a television series, a computer game, comic books, a film, and so on. And none of those versions are exactly the same. Some, in fact, are quite different!
Do you froods* know where your lilac towels are?**
Douglas Adams talks to presenter James Naughtie and takes questions from the audience in this edition of the BBC radio show Bookclub from from January 2000. Do you think you know who Marvin the paranoid android was based on? You might be wrong. Hear it from the man himself (cheatsheet - he actually gives two answers.)
Going through Douglas Adams papers, friends and family discovered unused Hitchhiker's drafts no one knew existed! They were probably the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard."
30 years ago I received my first proper Apple-compatible computer, and a single game to play on it — Infocom's text-based The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The BBC has prettied up the game for its 30th anniversary, and it's still just as wonderful as it was way back when.
That's right. Somebody loves that paranoid android. And she sang a song about it.
There's plenty of attempts at providing fan animations for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's more famous scenes, but Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish, there aren't enough scenes from later episodes!
...and I was wondering if it was worth buying. I'm a huge Douglas Adams fan from way back, and I read both the Gently novels, though I didn't quite like them as much as the first three Hitchhikers books.
"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."