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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase by Eoin Colfer; adapted by Dirk Maggs (BBC, 2018) Colfer’s contribution to Hitchhiker’s probably works better in adaptation—as a continuation of the seminal radio series—than as a novel. Forty years on, the original actors have returned to their recording booths and sound ever-young, still invested in Adams’ cosmic zaniness.    

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams; adapted by Dirk Maggs (BBC Radio, 2007) Although overly chaotic at the outset (and no doubt baffling to those not already familiar with Adams’ novel), Maggs’ adaptation finds its feet and diverges, becoming a clever piece of comedy. Harry Enfield makes a fine Dirk; likewise Billy Boyd as Richard.  

Good Omens

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman radio dramatisation by Dirk Maggs (BBC Worldwide, 2014) Dirk Maggs has adapted Pratchett and Gaiman’s comedic novel of the apocalypse with apposite exuberance, yet for all the well-pitched sound design and the cast’s astute voice work, this zany and enjoyable dramatisation does perforce forego the original book’s drollery of prose.