The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the late, great Douglas Adams' delightfully quotable sci-fi comedy, was published in 1979. But as any fan who knows where their towel is can tell you, Hitchhiker's was originally created as a radio series in 1978. Recently, thanks to a BBC 4 special, the cast reunited for a one-off performance.
Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore reprised their roles as hoopy froods Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Tricia "Trillian" McMillan and Marvin the Paranoid Android, respectively. John Lloyd replaced Peter Jones, who died in 2000, as the voice of the book.
This was part of BBC 4's "Character Invasion" series, in which beloved characters (such as the Hitchhiker's Guide cast) reunited or even invaded other shows. For example, comedian Dawn French, the star of The Vicar of Dibley, burst onto the set of Thought for the Day, a reflection on religion and spirituality.
According to io9, the live performance of Hitchhiker's Guide "sold out in nanoseconds." But the BBC, a public broadcasting company, will be streaming the performance until April 5, 2014 (the BBC streams performances for one week after a show, either TV or radio, airs). You can hear it here.
Still can't find the time to listen? Don't panic. The BBC has an excellent podcast library, and this new version may make its way onto iTunes.