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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jan , 2018 3:47 pm 
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Yeah, I think the original BBC radio play was the best of all the versions of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

Too bad they ended on a cliffhanger :x I think another season must have been planned, but other things got in the way.

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jan , 2018 4:56 pm 
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Yeah, the Radio Play was the original format of Hitchikers, the books came after.

There's the full cast BBC Radio Plays which I adore, and then there's a sort of half way house where you have a full cast reading of an abridged (or unabridged) version of the novel, with sound effects sometimes. My least favourite is unabridged readings, with the sole exception of Martin Shaw's unabridged reading of The Silmarillion, which I believe is the best way to approach that particular book. Reading a book is a very different experience to listening to one read, and in those cases I prefer an abridged reading, like Tony Robinson's versions of the Pratchett novels.

I have a pretty large collection of all types, from the full cast BBC LotR, to the small cast Big Finish Audio Productions of Doctor Who, to the Philip Pullman novels with full cast (both radio play and unabridged cast reading) to the Terry Pratchett ones. I'm happy to share if anyone is interested. I've a pretty extensive collection.

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jan , 2018 5:03 pm 
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Incidentally, I believe the radio play of Good Omens is currently available on the BBC player.

PS: and in the first episode, the two policemen, Neil and Terry, are voiced by the actual Neil and Terry.

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jan , 2018 10:17 am 
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Its a great production. I think I shared it here before actually?

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jan , 2018 11:15 am 
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I think you did - I remember that one.

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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jan , 2018 3:27 pm 
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I think you did, too.

It's good. The inherent problem with adapting something written by Pratchett is that the best parts are often in the narrative, which doesn't make it into the play. Like the story of Sister Mary Loquacious.

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“She’d stopped reading the kind of women’s magazine that talked about romance and knitting and started reading the kind of women’s magazine that talked about orgasms, but apart from making a mental note to have one if ever the occasion presented itself she dismissed them as only romance and knitting in a new form.”


And then she started reading magazines about investments.

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