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Pinch us, we’re dreaming!

Not only is cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy returning to our airwaves (with the original cast!), not only has Red Dwarf creator Rob Grant teamed up with 2point4 Children‘s Andrew Marshall to pen a brand new sci-fi series, but BBC Radio 4 is coming to London Comic Con to give us a sneak preview of both!

A Hitchhiker’s panel on the Saturday of the show will see Simon Jones, who reprises his role as main protagonist Arthur Dent; John Lloyd, the new voice of The Book; and producer Dirk Maggs take to the stage to talk about the six-episode sixth instalment of Douglas Adams’ creation, titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.

Slated to air in 2018 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hitchhiker’s radio debut, Hexagonal Phase will see Simon Jones star alongside members of the classic radio, television and stage casts, including Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian, while Douglas Adams’ friend and co-author John Lloyd will steps into the iconic role of The Book.

Meanwhile, an on-stage panel the Sunday of Comic Con will give us the inside scoop on The Quanderhorn Xperimentations, a brand new radio drama from sci-fi and comedy masterminds Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall. Join Rob, Andrew and show producer Gordon Kennedy to find out more about the six-part Radio 4 series, which promises adventure, thrills, romance and mind-warping technology!

Set in 1952, The Quanderhorn Xperimentations sees Professor Darius Quanderhorn and his rag-tag team facing threats and terrors beyond human understanding on a daily basis – whether it’s Martian invasions, giant space lasers, shape-shifting troglodytes or living feral underwear. It doesn’t help that Quanderhorn’s arch-nemesis is none other than Prime Minister Winston Churchill …and he wants to shut down the Prof’s operation for good!

“I’m thrilled to announce the return of Hitchhiker’s to its original home, over a decade after Arthur and co last appeared on the network. It’s also great to be able to introduce Professor Quanderhorn and his clan of eccentrics to Radio 4 listeners next year. In the meantime I look forward to downing a few Pan Galactic Gargleblasters with the team at Comic Con this October,” said Sioned Wiliam, Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy.

— This news story is for October 2017’s MCM London Comic Con —

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