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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 Extra

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

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

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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 Extra

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

Hexagonal Phase

1. Part the 0.16

Duration: 28 minutes

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

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

Brian Pern

Brian Pern: A Life in Rock

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof documentary following ageing rocker Brian Pern, former frontman of the prog rock group Thotch. Brian records a charity Christmas record in aid of bipolar polar bears. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Eddie Mount: Drummer:
Al Murray
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Pat Quid / Pierre Sac:
Paul Whitehouse
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Ken LeGrange:
Roger Allam
Pepita Sanchez / Xanadu:
Lucy Montgomery
Pern Band: Bassist:
Dean Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Himself:
Alan Yentob
Himself:
Roy Wood
Himself:
Rick Parfitt
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Himself:
Tim Rice
Himself:
David Arnold
Herself:
Melanie C
Himself:
Billy Bragg
Himself:
Rick Wakeman
Himself:
Simon McCoy
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

Duration: 30 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The ultimate lifestyle guide for aging Brits with Alex Lowe as 82 year-old Barry in this sitcom and stand-up combo. From 2016. Show more

Outnumbered

Series 3

Episode 3

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Award-winning comedy. Karen recreates Britain's Got Talent, Ben takes interest in Dad's medical tests and Mum thinks Jake's healthy interest in girls is becoming unhealthy. Show more

Brian Pern

At the BBC

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

As further tribute to Brian Pern who died last month, some of the musician's greatest Top of the Pops performances with some poorly written captions underneath. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
Tony Pebble:
Nigel Havers
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Barry Patmoor:
Denis Lawson
Himself:
Al Murray
Himself:
Roger Moore
Band Member:
Dean Thomas
Various Roles:
Justyn Thomas
Band Member:
Craig Christiaens
Band Member:
Stephen Holbrook
Ned, Brian Pern's Driver:
Tony Way
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

Blackadder

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for 19 days

Seasonal comedy special. Christmas Eve, 1850. Ebenezer Blackadder is a decent, kind, generous human being - until he gets a glimpse of his loathsome ancestors.

Contributors

Blackadders:
Rowan Atkinson
Baldricks:
Tony Robinson
Queen Elizabeth I:
Miranda Richardson
Lord Melchett/Frondo:
Stephen Fry
Prince Regent/Pigmet:
Hugh Laurie
Spirit of Christmas:
Robbie Coltrane
Queen Victoria:
Miriam Margolyes
Prince Albert:
Jim Broadbent
Nursie/Bernard:
Patsy Byrne
Beadle:
Denis Lill
Mrs Scratchit:
Pauline Melville
Lord Nelson:
Philip Pope
Millicent:
Nicola Bryant
Enormous Orphan:
Erkan Mustafa
Enormous Orphan:
David Nunn
Producer:
John Lloyd
Director:
Richard Boden
Writer:
Ben Elton

Outnumbered

Series 5

Episode 6

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Family-based sitcom. Grandad is ill, which brings Auntie Angela and her new friend over from America, while Ben has a crisis of confidence over his starring role. Show more

Brian Pern

Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof rockumentary series. How Brian broke America with the success of his classic album Shelf Life. Brian returns to Los Angeles where he is reunited with his family and ex-wife. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Documentary Director:
Rhys Thomas
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Pepita/Lyndsie Symon:
Lucy Montgomery
Band Member:
Craig Christiaens
Band Member:
Stephen Holbrook
Serge Maddox:
Lloyd Day
Himself:
Ian Wright
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Himself:
Martin Kemp
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

Brian Pern

Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll

Episode 3

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Spoof rockumentary series. The original Thotch line-up are forced to reform after they are sued by their former manager Basil Steel for non-payment of royalties. Show more

Contributors

Brian Pern:
Simon Day
John Farrow:
Michael Kitchen
Documentary Director:
Rhys Thomas
Michael Banks:
Philip Pope
Tony Pebblé:
Nigel Havers
Barry Patmoor:
Denis Lawson
'Big' Basil Steel:
Alan Ford
Bennet St John:
Simon Callow
Security Guard:
Christopher James
Brian Pern's Mother:
Angela Thorne
Brian's Pern's Father:
Peter Bowles
Himself:
Noddy Holder
Himself:
Roger Taylor
Writer:
Simon Day
Producer:
Rhys Thomas
Director:
Rhys Thomas
Executive Producer:
Richard Webb

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 Extra

Available for years

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

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 Extra

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

5. Part the 0.83333

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

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

6. A Thor in the Air

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for years

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

Shush!

Series 1

Mobile Library

Duration: 30 minutes

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

An intruder, an ice-cream van and Daniel Barenboim make life difficult for Snoo and Alice. With Morwenna Banks. From September 2015. Show more

Contributors

Simon Neilson:
Ben Willbond
Ice Cream Seller:
Philip Pope
Angry Parent:
Georgie Fuller
Producer:
David Tyler