BBC planning new ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is set to return to BBC Radio 4.

More than a decade since the show last aired in 2005, a new season of the sci-fi comedy series has been commissioned.

The sixth season is expected to be titled ‘The Hexagonal Phase’, the British Comedy Guide reports.

The new episodes will apparently be based on And Another Thing…., author Eoin Colfer’s 2009 book featuring the characters created by Doctor Who writer Douglas Adams, who died in 2001.

The original radio cast is expected to return for the six episodes, which will again be overseen by director Dirk Maggs.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Maggs confirmed: “A series has been commissioned but plans are still being put together – what precise form it will all take and who exactly will be involved is all yet to be confirmed. I wouldn’t dream of doing it without approaching the original cast, but it’s way too early to do that yet.”

He added: “I am very happy to be returning, it will be great to get ‘the band back together’ – for what will probably be the last time.”

Season 6 is expected to air in 2017.

And Another Thing… was previously read on BBC Radio 4 by Stephen Mangan and Peter Serafinowicz for the Book At Bedtime strand in 2009.

Are you looking forward to the new season? Let us know below…

  • Ed Prior

    I have a lot of respect for Dirk Maggs, so I am cautiously optimistic, but the quintessential phase did feel pretty final so it’ll be interesting to see how successful bringing HH back is.

  • ailurophile1

    I’m confused. Is it brand new, or already five seasons old? They call it new in the headline and lede, but then say season six will be in 2017.

    • Seasons 1-5 were the original series, 1-4 with Douglas Adams from 1978 and the 5th which was adaptation of the last book, Mostly Harmless after he died. Calling them series is better than the confusing Fit the First…etc. which is what they used to be called.

      So yes it’s brand new, but the 6th in the H2G2 series, just like the latest X-Men is brand new, but part of a bigger arc.

  • mike

    Yep it would be good if it started from a fresh since a lot of us hadn’t seen the originals. It
    s kind a pity not to, though i understand there may of been some original fans, but i think it’s such a great book, starting from a fresh is neccasary.

  • Susette

    Please make all series into a podcast so we Yanks can hear them!