Hitchhikers goes Hexagonal

Legendary radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is returning for a sixth run 40 years after it began, with the original cast – including TVO’s Geoffrey McGivern – returning to the fold.

Douglas Adams and some of the original Hitchhiker’s Guide cast back in 1978. © BBC

First rumoured to return back in May of last year, the sixth series will be based on Eoin Colfer’s 2009 novel, And Another Thing… which was given the blessing of Hitchhiker‘s creator Douglas Adams’ estate to continue the adventures of his beloved characters.

Originally airing for two series between 1978 and 1980 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was later adapted into a series of award-winning novels, a short-lived TV series in 1981, and a big budget 2005 movie which failed to find a mainstream audience. In 2004, three further radio series were recorded of Adam’s later novels, again featuring members of the original cast, and this team even went on the road with a successful live version in 2011.

L-R: Simon Jones, Mark Wing-Davey and Geoffrey McGivern in 2012. © Andy Hollingworth

Most of the original surviving cast members of the initial series will be returning of the new run – with Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sanda Dickinson as Trillian. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to hear if Snuffbox legend Alan Ford will make an appearance, but special guest stars will include Jane Horrocks, whilst comedy behemoth John Lloyd will become the voice of The Book.

McGivern is now one of the most prolific faces in UK comedy: in recent years you’ll have seen him in Mitchell & Webb fronted sitcom Back, the recent medical comedy Quacks, numerous appearances in Toast of London or his recurring role in This is Jinsey – and he was utterly mesmerising in Gareth Tunley‘s thriller The Ghoul opposite Tom Meeten. All of this, plus roles in Dead Boss, A Touch of Cloth, Holy Flying Circus, Lab Rats, Hyperdrive or Look Around You, Smith and JonesJonathan Creek, Murder Most Horrid, Fry and Laurie and Blackadder to name but a few.

The new Hitchhiker’s Guide series will air in Spring 2018. Get your towels on standby…

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