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4/11/2005 07:06:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

April 11, 2005 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
While it's not Doctor Who per se, the combined fourth and fifth (and final) radio series adapting former Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy books four and five, "So Long and Thanks for All The Fish" and "Mostly Harmless," as well as additional material especially written for radio, debuts on May 3 on BBC Radio 4. Returning cast members Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Stephen Moore (Marvin) and William Franklyn (the Book) are joined for this final eight-episode installment by Hitchhikers' veterans Sandra Dickinson and David Dixon (who played Trillian and Ford in the 1970's television series), Stephen Fry (who plays the Book in the new film adaptation), Rula Lenska (who played Lintilla and her clones from the second radio series), Bill Paterson (the Arcturan pilot from episode 7 of the radio show), Roy Hudd (reprising compere Max Quordlepleen from Milliways) and Jonathan Pryce (reprising Zarniwoop), as well as appearances by "Absolutely Fabulous" actresses Jane Horrocks (as Fenchurch) and June Whitfield (as the Raffle Woman), Miriam Margolyes (as the Photocopier Woman), Indian actor Saeed Jaffrey (as the Man on the Pole) and American comedian Jackie Mason as the East River Creature. Meanwhile, the long-awaited film adaptation of the first book, "The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy," opens later this month with Stephen Fry, "The Office" actor Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, former "Doctor Who" Ninth Doctor candidate Bill Nighy (as Slartibartfast) and John Malkovich.