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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

1. Part the 0.16

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Following the publication of his diaries, Arthur Dent’s hopes for a secluded life soon evaporate. Stars Simon Jones. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

Duration: 2 hours, 4 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for 3 months

Sombre time-travel thriller in which a convict from 2035 is sent back in time to find the cause of a virus which has wiped out most of the planet's population. Show more

Contributors

James Cole:
Bruce Willis
Kathryn Railly:
Madeleine Stowe
Jeffrey Goines:
Brad Pitt
Dr Peters:
David Morse
Lieutenant Halperin:
Christopher Meloni
Dr Fletcher:
Frank Gorshin
Geologist:
Bob Adrian
Zoologist:
Simon Jones
Astrophysicist / Jones:
Carol Florence
Evangelist:
Thomas Roy
Young Cole:
Joseph Melito
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Producer:
Charles Roven
Director of photography:
Roger Pratt

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

2. Part the 0.3

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

One head is better than two - as long as you have a spare in a jar. Stars Mark Wing-Davey. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Tertiary Phase

Fit The Fifteenth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Slartibartfast informs Arthur and Ford about the true purpose of the homicidal Krikkit robots. Starring Simon Jones. From October 2004. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Gentle 19th-century romance about an Oxford don who finds his chances of being elected college president jeopardised by his relationship with an American woman. Show more

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

6. A Thor in the Air

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 11 months

Yet another fight-to-the-death for Thor, but will this one have a happy ending? Stars Simon Jones. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

5. Part the 0.83333

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 12 months

Thor vs Wowbagger in a fight-to-the-death, followed by cheesy nibbles and drinks. With Mitch Benn and Toby Longworth. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

3. In Space, No One Can Hear You Complain

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for years

Are Arthur Dent, Trillian and Random really the last remaining humans in The Galaxy? Maybe not. Stars Simon Jones. From 2018. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hexagonal Phase

6. The 0.6666667th Part

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for 12 months

Ford Prefect calls upon Arthur Dent for help. Now, there’s desperation... Stars Simon Jones and Geoff McGivern. From 2018, Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

Comedy of the Week

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase

Duration: 42 minutes

An extended version of the first episode of the brand new series. Show more

Contributors

The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Ford Prefect:
Geoff McGivern
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Tricia McMillan:
Sandra Dickinson
Wowbagger:
Toby Longworth
Constant Mown:
Andy Secombe
Left Brain:
Mitch Benn
Fenchurch:
Jane Horrocks
Hillman Hunter:
Ed Byrne
The Guide MkII:
Stephen Hawking
The Consultant:
Lenny Henry
Heimdall:
Tom Alexander
Buckeye Brown:
Tom Alexander
Eccentrica:
Tom Alexander
Gunner Vogon:
Tom Alexander
Aseed Preflux:
Philip Pope
Sub-Etha Voice:
Philip Pope
HOG Door:
Philip Pope
Modgud:
Theo Maggs
The Viking:
Theo Maggs
Announcer:
John Marsh
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

Genres

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One North West

Romantic comedy. Young American Bronte (Andie MacDowell) enters into a marriage of convenience with French musician Georges (Gerard Depardieu), but their relationship blossoms. Show more

Contributors

Director:
Peter Weir
Producer:
Peter Weir
Writer:
Peter Weir
Bronte's Lawyer:
Robert Prosky
Mrs Sheehan:
Mary Louise Wilson
Bronte's Mother:
Lois Smith
Bronte's Father:
Conrad McLaren
Party Guest:
Simon Jones
Peggy:
Ann Dowd

Murder, She Wrote

Series 4

Episode 3: Witness for the Defence

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Murder mystery series about a sleuthing writer. When her friend is charged with murder, Jessica is summoned to Quebec to serve as a witness for the defence.

Contributors

Jessica Fletcher:
Angela Lansbury
Judith Harlan:
Claire Trevor
Attorney Oliver Quayle:
Patrick McGoohan
Annette Pirage:
Juliet Mills
Clay McCloud:
Richard Cox
Barnaby Friar:
Simon Jones

Blackadder

Blackadder II

Episode 3: Potato

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Available for 2 months

Historical sitcom set in Tudor England. To keep up with Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund announces he will navigate the treacherous waters of the Cape of Good Hope.

Contributors

Edmund Blackadder:
Rowan Atkinson
Lord Percy:
Tim McInnerny
Baldrick:
Tony Robinson
Queen Elizabeth I:
Miranda Richardson
Lord Melchett:
Stephen Fry
Captain Rum:
Tom Baker
Sir Walter Raleigh:
Simon Jones
Producer:
John Lloyd
Writer:
Ben Elton

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Adaptation of Douglas Adams's cult sci-fi comedy novel. Escaping the Earth's destruction, Arthur (Martin Freeman) embarks on a galactic journey in search of the meaning of life. Show more

Contributors

The Whale (voice):
Bill Bailey
Arthur Dent:
Martin Freeman
Narrator/The Guide (voice):
Stephen Fry
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Sam Rockwell
Ford Prefect:
Mos Def
Humma Kavula:
John Malkovich
Questular Rontok:
Anna Chancellor
Jeltz (voice):
Richard Griffiths
Ghostly Image:
Simon Jones
Marvin (voice):
Alan Rickman
Producer:
Gary Barber

Almost Never

Access All Areas

Publicity and Breaking a Band

First broadcast: on CBBC HDLatest broadcast: on CBBC HD

Available for 7 months

Setting up a gig for The Wonderland, Tillie meets Simon Jones, PR and publicity guru to some of the biggest names in pop. Can she use his advice to help The Wonderland win over a new crowd?

Contributors

Interviewer:
Tillie Amartey
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Jones
Interviewed Guest:
The Wonderland
Series Producer:
Erin McPartland
Executive Producer:
Fiona Walmsley
Executive Producer:
Jeremy Salsby

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Douglas Adams's comic sci-fi creation returns to where it all began, BBC Radio 4, in a live transmission from London's Radio Theatre. Stars Simon Jones. Show more

Contributors

Arthur Dent:
Simon Jones
Zaphod Beeblebrox:
Mark Wing-Davey
Marvin the Paranoid Android:
Stephen Moore
Trillian:
Sue Sheridan
Ford Prefect:
Geoffrey McGivern
The Voice of the Book:
John Lloyd
Director:
Dirk Maggs
Adaptor:
Dirk Maggs

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Tertiary Phase

Fit The Thirteenth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

After four years of solitude in prehistoric Islington, Arthur Dent is reunited with Ford Prefect. Starring Simon Jones. From 2004. Show more

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Tertiary Phase

Fit The Fourteenth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Arthur and Ford arrive home in time for tea. Starring William Franklyn. From September 2004. Show more

Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Orwellian fantasy. Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is happy in his job at the Ministry of Information. Frequent daydreams transport him from drab reality, until the worst occurs. Show more

Contributors

Sam Lowry:
Jonathan Pryce
Harry Tuttle:
Robert De Niro
Mrs Ida Lowry:
Katherine Helmond
Mr Kurtzmann:
Ian Holm
Jack Lint:
Michael Palin
Mr Warrenn:
Ian Richardson
Mr Helpmann:
Peter Vaughan
Jill Layton:
Kim Greist
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Dr Jaffe:
Jim Broadbent
Mrs Terrain:
Barbara Hicks
Technician:
Ray Cooper
Girl Buttle:
Prudence Oliver
Arrest Official:
Simon Jones
Charlie:
Nigel Planer
TV Commercial Presenter:
Terence Bayler
MOI Lobby Porter:
Gorden Kaye
Bespectacled Lurker:
Bill Wallis
Old Lady with Dog:
Ann Way
Black Maria Guard:
Don Henderson