The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Primary Phase CD-Audio
Narrated by Full Cast, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Stephen Moore, Susan Sheridan
Part of the Hitchhiker's Guide (radio plays) series
The most useful advice ever given, 'Don't panic', can be found within the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The day aliens decide to demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass is the day when Arthur Dent realises the futility of such advice.
The story begins when Arthur, not really your average man-in-the-street, finds that his planet is suddenly destroyed around him, and the great hitch-hike begins... Starring Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent and Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, this is the first Douglas Adams' legendary radio series. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- Publication Date: 02/04/2001
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780563477884
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Review by RobertDay
The original radio series on three CDs. When it first appeared, HHGG was a phenomomen. SF fans could not believe that someone had produced a series that was so knowing about sf's tropes and so ready to undermine them. The rumour circulated that 'Douglas Adams' was a pseudonym for a really well-known writer - what other explanation could there be?In fact, Adams came out of Cambridge, the Footlights and the Pythons. These people were all fairly media savvy, though not as much as in later generations of British comedians; and indeed, so much formula science fiction was already a parody of itself that this was not the achievement it first seemed.Douglas Adams' reputation as an author was built on the novelisations of HHGG, though it must be said that his ability as a novelist was not as great as it was as a generally all-round creative mind. So much of the impact of HHGG came out of the radio presentation with its imaginative use of sound effects and some quite wonderful ensemble casting and playing. The upshot of this is that after more than thirty years, HHGG still comes up as an original and inspired radio comedy.