Stephen Moore stars in this dystopian comedy set in a future where living beyond 70 is prohibited
30th Century Britain, and the calamitous collapse of the pension system means compulsory euthanasia for all 70-year-olds. But a clerical error spells disaster for 69-year-old George Smith, who suddenly finds himself facing his demise a year early. Feisty George isn't going to take this lying down, and goes into battle with Central Admin - and the terrifying TV crew from This Was Your Life, who want to broadcast his imminent death live on air.
On the run with bikini-clad bounty hunter Andrea Sunbeam, George goes underground, where he meets Public Enemy Number One (aka Mrs Cookson), the leader of a gang of senior citizen anarchists called the Old Age Paramilitaries. They've developed a secret weapon to destroy Central Admin's computer - and, armed with a new face and an array of OAP gadgets, George is just the man to use it...
With the future of civilisation at stake, can George and his old age pals save humanity?
A follow-up to the cult hit Paradise Lost in Space, this lively Logan's Run parody by Colin Swash stars Stephen Moore (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) as George, Lorelei King as Andrea and Edna Doré as Mrs Cookson, with co-stars including Geoffrey McGivern, Melanie Hudson and Christopher Douglas. Among the guest stars are Peter Serafinowicz and Lewis MacLeod.
Written by Colin Swash
Produced by Richard Wilson
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 February-31 March 1998
George - Stephen Moore
Doris - Patsy Byrne
O'Connell - Geoffrey McGivern
Andrea Sunbeam - Lorelei King
Mrs Cookson - Edna Doré
Wilma P Random/Dawkins - Melanie Hudson
Dave Lusterheusen/Ronnie/Brian Kettle - Christopher Douglas
With Lewis MacLeod, Peter Serafinowicz, Dave Lamb and Joanna Brookes
The BBC Radio 7 sci-fi comedy, starring Dan Mersh, Tim Key, Prunella Scales and Dan Tetsell
Reporters Charlie Palmer and Moog Johnson are supposed to be exploring the galaxy in search of unimaginable news. But the beauty of an infinite universe is that if everything possible happens somewhere, there's no need to actually go there to check. So they may as well stay where they are - parked on Clapham Common disguised as a hedge - and simply make up their stories instead.
Unfortunately, their terrifying boss at Inter-Galactic News, Korg, is on to them, and won't tolerate their fake news any longer. From now on, they have to provide real reports - or he'll have their spleens in a box...
Aided by onboard computer Mother, who provides them with Bakewell tarts and Jammy Dodgers (her baking programme has overwritten pretty much all her other software), the duo prepare to take the IGN Indolent on a variety of perilous missions, including locating a missing ambassador, babysitting Korg's nephew, tracking down Mad Captain Pendulum and finding the perfect present for Mother's birthday.
Can they avoid having their ship captured by pirates? Will they survive a messy meeting with the Emperor of the Toilet People? And when an evil planet tries to take over the universe while Mother's away, who will come to their rescue?
Written by Stuart Sumner and Ian Simons, this light-hearted space comedy stars Dan Mersh as Charlie, Tim Key as Moog, Prunella Scales as Mother and Dan Tetsell as Korg. Guest stars include The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd and Geoffrey McGivern, who played Ford Prefect in the original radio production of The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.
Produced by Victoria Lloyd
Original music by Ben Walker, with additional music by George Corporal
First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 10 February-3 March 2007 (Series 1), 1-22 March 2008 (Series 2)
Charlie - Dan Mersh
Moog - Tim Key
Mother - Prunella Scales
Korg - Dan Tetsell
Fluffy/Claude/Postmaster General - Jot Davies
Yecch - Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Captain Grey/Sprout-Bunge- Colin Holt
Captain Pendulum - Chris O'Dowd
Aunty Genocide/Sam - Anna Bengo
Eddie Chessington - Geoffrey McGivern
Ben - Gus Brown
Don’t Panic! Reissued for the first time in 40 years, two unique recordings of Douglas Adams's sci-fi comedy drama.
When Earthman Arthur Dent learns that first his house and then his planet are about to be bulldozed, it’s the beginning of an interplanetary adventure for him and his friend, Ford Prefect. After fleeing Earth they hitch a lift with hoopy frood Zaphod Beeblebrox, who hurtles from one improbability to another - literally. With Trillian and Marvin the Paranoid Android in tow, the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is soon revealed: 42. But what was the question…?
Following the success of the BBC radio series, Douglas Adams adapted his scripts for these two full-cast albums, with incidental radiophonic music provided by Paddy Kingsland. First released by Original Records in 1980, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe star Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect and Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Produced by Geoffrey Perkins and Tim Souster, the cast also includes Cindy Oswin, Stephen Moore, Richard Vernon, Valentine Dyall, David Tate, Jim Broadbent, Bill Wallis, Roy Hudd, Frank Middlemass, Stephen Greif and others.
Hang onto your towel – it’s going to be the ride of a lifetime.
The brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast series based on And Another Thing the sixth book in the famous Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy . Forty years on from the first ever radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent and friends return in six brand new episodes, in which they are thrown back into the Whole General Mish Mash in a rattling adventure involving Viking Gods and Irish Confidence Tricksters, with our first glimpse of Eccentrica Gallumbits and a brief but memorable moment with The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast Of Traal. Starring John Lloyd as The Book, with Simon Jones as Arthur, Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson and Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Jim Broadbent as Marvin the Paranoid Android and Jane Horrocks as Fenchurch, the cast also includes Samantha Bart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Ed Byrne, Lenny Henry, Philip Pope, Mitch Benn, Jon Culshaw and Professor Stephen Hawking. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018, the series is written and directed by Dirk Maggs and based on And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams. This edition also includes over 50 minutes of unbroadcast bonus material. Listeners are reminded that the relaxed attitude to danger provided by Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses is no substitute for running around, screaming.
A dynamic remastering of the second BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial – Fit the Seventh to Fit the Twelfth – which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend
The second original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh.
Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe…
Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore and a full supporting cast star in these BBC Radio 4 episodes.
Also included is a bonus 50-minute interview with Douglas Adams –who died in 2001 – in which he discusses his career and work.
A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial – Fit the First to Fit the Sixth – which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend
The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh.
Join Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect,Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android in their first series of adventures as they witness the destruction of Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass, stumble upon the ancient planet of Magrathea, dine at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and seek an answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe And Everything.
Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan, Stephen Moore and a full supporting cast star in these BBC Radio 4 episodes.
A special 55-minute bonus programme, Douglas Adams’s Guide to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, explores the genesis of the radio series and its incredible success, with contributions from the original cast andproduction team.
Based on his hit Edinburgh show, The Ape That Got Lucky is Chris Addison's first series of comic lectures for BBC Radio 4, in which the thinking idiot's pretend anthropologist takes on human evolution. Mr and Mrs H. Sapiens like to think of themselves as rather special, yet we share 98% of our DNA with chimps. That's why we have so much in common with them. We both look undignified on a bouncy castle, for example. In this series, Chris takes the listener on a journey through the vast and rich subject of human development, explaining how we fluked Top Species status and asking the listener if they're a man or monkey. Accompanying him is renowned expert and noted polymath Professor Austin Herring (Geoff McGivern) and the whole thing is illustrated verbally by noted actors and renowned gadabouts Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.
Based on his Perrier-nominated Edinburgh hit show of 2004, Chris Addison's Civilization is a comedy lecture series for Radio 4. It neatly follows on from Chris's first Radio 4 series, The Ape That Got Lucky. Western Civilization, like many very old things, is pretty much on its last legs. And if Western Civilization as we know it is dying sooner rather than later, we're going to have to build ourselves a new one. And how are we going to do that, then? Chris Addison's Civilization explores exactly what we need to create a new, shinier, betterer civilisation (apart from planning permission - that's obvious). Accompanying Chris on his journey is noted expert and renowned polymath Professor Austin Herring (Geoff McGivern). Dan Tetsell and Jo Enright are also on hand to illustrate the jokes, stories, wild conjecturing, half-truths and even facts that make up the lectures.
Don’t panic! The Hitchhiker’s saga continues with a full-cast dramatisation of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Douglas Adams’s famous ‘trilogy in five parts’
‘The pitch here at Lord’s is blackened, lightly smoking down towards square leg – and two men have just materialised on a Chesterfield sofa...’
And so the scene is set for the Tertiary Phase of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the phenomenon which began life as a BBC radio series and went on to spawn a bestselling series of novels. With this full-cast radio dramatisation, the Guide returns to its original medium with its original cast.
Stranded on prehistoric Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find escape in the form of a time-travelling sofa. But as eleven homicidal, bat-wielding robots proceed to blow up Lord’s Cricket Ground, it seems that Arthur is far from Home and Dry. In fact, he is not even Home and Vigorously Towelling Himself Off. Soon he is on an explosive quest to save the Universe, equipped with only a rabbit bone, a worn dressing gown, and a spaceship which looks remarkably like an Italian bistro.
Simon Jones returns as Arthur, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android. William Franklyn is the Book, the late Douglas Adams himself appears in the role of Agrajag, and guest stars include Richard Griffiths, Chris Langham, Joanna Lumley and Leslie Phillips.
This extended edition features 20 minutes of material not heard on BBC Radio 4.
Don’t panic! The Hitchhiker’s saga returns once again with a full-cast dramatisation of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, the fourth book in Douglas Adams’s famous ‘trilogy in five parts’.
‘At the risk of being controversial, it’s better than the book... Hitchhiking is back – long may it continue.’ Guy Clapperton, Radio Times
The Earth has miraculously reappeared and, even more miraculously, Arthur Dent has found it. Returning to his cottage after... well... ages, he falls in love with the girl of his dreams.
But Ford Prefect is on to something which might well burst Arthur’s bubble. There is, after all, something very fishy about his girlfriend’s feet, and what has happened to all the dolphins? Perhaps, at last, all will be revealed in God’s Last Message to His Creation…
Simon Jones returns as Arthur, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford and Stephen Moore as Marvin. William Franklyn is the Book and Jane Horrocks is Fenchurch. Guest stars include Stephen Fry, June Whitfield, Bill Paterson, Arthur Smith, Sir Patrick Moore, Jackie Mason and Christian Slater.
This extended edition features 30 minutes of material not heard on BBC Radio 4.
Don’t panic! The Hitchhiker’s saga returns once again with a full-cast dramatisation of Mostly Harmless, the fifth book in Douglas Adams’s famous ‘trilogy in five parts’.
‘A radio event... the great original cast has been reassembled’. Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph
While frequent flyer Arthur Dent searches the universe for his lost love, Ford Prefect discovers a disturbing blast from the past at The Hitchhiker’s Guide HQ. Meanwhile, on one of many versions of Earth, a blonder, more American Trillian gets tangled up with a party of lost aliens having an identity crisis. And just when Arthur thinks he has found his true vocation on the backwater planet of Lamuella, the original Trillian turns up with more than a little spanner in the works. A stolen ship, a dramatic stampede and a new and sinister Guide lead to a race to save the Earth … again. But this time, will they succeed?
Simon Jones returns as Arthur, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Sandra Dickinson as Tricia McMillan, and Stephen Moore as Marvin. William Franklyn is the Book, Rula Lenska is also the Book and Samantha Béart is Random. Guest stars include Miriam Margolyes, Griff Rhys Jones, John Challis, Roy Hudd, Saeed Jaffrey, and Jonathan Pryce.
This extended edition features 40 minutes of material not heard on BBC Radio 4.