Douglas Adams At The BBC Part 1
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Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
Date: December 2004
Duration: 3 hours 48 minutes
Simon Jones, who played Arthur Dent in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, presents a look back at the life and work of a writer who has captivated the imagination of millions. When Douglas Adams created ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ for BBC Radio 4, it was the genesis of a science fiction comedy legend. Yet his career at the BBC had begun in Light Entertainment, with contributions to ‘The Burkiss Way’, ‘Week Ending’ and other sketch shows of the time. He went on to script edit a series of ‘Doctor Who’, and to write a series of ‘Hitchhiker’ and ‘Dirk Gently’ books. In this triple-CD programme, Simon Jones takes an A-Z look at Douglas Adams’s career, taking in extracts from the many radio and TV programmes he contributed to. These include personal appearances on ‘Wogan’, ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and ‘Desert Island Discs’, his own radio programmes such as ‘Last Chance to See’ (about the search for endangered species) and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Future’ (a look at impending technology), and even a ‘lost’ segment of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ which Adams wrote specially for Radio 4’s ‘Steafel Plus’ in 1982. Also included are some of the many tributes paid to Adams following his untimely death in May 2001. This is a fascinating and in-depth audio biography of a man whose brilliant work has inspired, enraptured and entertained millions of people worldwide. ' A good overview of Adams's comedy output outside of Hitchhicker's' – SFX.