It's the 40th Anniversary of The HitchHikers Guide to The Galaxy...and you can join in the fun as Kevin Davies and Friends celebrate, as part of The Sherborne Literary Festival on Wednesday 10th October from 11.00am.
Some words from the organisers...
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy began with a young struggling author, Douglas Adams, pounding the streets of nearby Stalbridge on his early morning run, before hammering the keys of an ancient manual typewriter in his bedroom. The BBC commission for his new 6-part radio comedy arrived almost simultaneously with another, for four episodes of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who.
Douglas famously wrestled with writer’s block for much of his life, but this fertile early period at his mother’s house (“Six months of baths and peanut butter sandwiches,” he later called it), saw the birth of a literary and multi-media juggernaut. Within a few years, Hitchhiker's had conquered every medium: radio, novels, stage shows, a TV series and even an official bath towel.
Sadly however, the author died of a heart attack in 2001, aged only 49, before the Hollywood movie starring Martin Freeman came to fruition. And yet, the title marches on, with a recent re-mastering of the radio series on CD and shiny red vinyl, plus the TV series in HD on BBC Blu-Ray.
This special 2.5 hour festival programme item, marking the 40th anniversary of Hitchhiker’s, will bring together members of the original radio cast; Douglas’ family; his friends and special guests; all of whom had a hand in helping Douglas to create the worlds of the bewildered Arthur Dent, coastline designer Slartibartfast and Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox. Personal stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes will be illustrated with exclusive video clips and a display of original props and animation artwork from the TV series. This is one event not to miss, especially if you want to shake clamps with Marvin The Paranoid Android!
Tickets are £6. For more information and to book online please visit the website