"The new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy recording will focus on some of the original plotlines of the hit sci-fi comedy. The BBC says: "The two-headed smooth-talking alien Zaphod Beeblebrox, bemused Earthling Arthur Dent, and Marvin the Paranoid Android will relive some of their adventures."
The episode has been adapted by Dirk Maggs, who has worked on many of the BBC's previous Hitchhiker's Guide projects. Philip Pope will be the Musical Director, with David Morley acting as producer."
That to me says this will be done from the scripts of the recent live tours. Bloomin good evening's entertainment they were. I was devastated for them when I heard the second run of the tour folded half way through. Hitch-Hikers deserved more than that.
The scripts for those first twelve episodes are ingrained on my soul. Most of the time these days I don't remember from one minute to the next what I'm doing, but I can still quote large chunks of those verbatim.
The current Classic Serial on BBC Radio is Dante's The Divine Comedy and the first part (Inferno) is on the Iplayer. As grim as you would expect though it does have John Hurt and David Warner in it. Doesn't approach the nightmare intensity of the version that was on during the Radiophonic Workshop marathon a while ago though. That take on it put the absolute shittters up me.
Been catching up on a chunk of missed "Journey Into Space" episodes this week. I am struck by how little of "The World in Peril" I remember compared to the first two series. I heard all three around the same time, but large chunks of the plot of the Third Series I have clearly forgotten. Quite enjoying not entirely knowing what is to come though. T'is more fun this way.
Finished the final episode of "The World in Peril" just before it dropped off the iPlayer. A moment of hilarity when I realised that the entire plan for the Martian Invasion was "take over television and hypnotise all the people of the Earth", and that there was no plan B for what to do if the Earth was warned and turned off the TV transmitters... I'd like to think if I had thousands pf years to come up with a plan I would have some sort of contingency. (given my track record it would probably be a poor contingency, but it would at least be there...)
All told I don't think the series has aged very well. I retain a great afffection for it because I was first exposed to it around the same age as I first encountered Dan Dare, Buck Rogers, and men with Rocket Packs fighting gangsters. I suspect if I came to it fresh now I would be less charitable to it, but as it stands it was almost like 100proof nostalgia in a can.
The BBC are running a second season of 'Dangerous Visions' plays at the moment, and there are some sci-fi classics getting new adaptations. Titles and air dates here. They include The Illustrated Man, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Martian Chronicles this time. Chronicles is on this afternoon.
I was going to say I have recordings from their original broadcasts as MP3s, but I see they are all on YouTube if you search for BBC James Bond. There is an adaptation of You Only Live Twice on there too, I also have that, but it's much older (1990) and not from the same canon.
It's odd they're not commercially available. They'd make a good CD boxset. What does please me is that this new one breaks the trend of them doing one every two years.