History Trivia / TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy

11th Feb '17 4:01:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeRelative: Sandra Dickinson's then-husband Creator/PeterDavison plays the Dish of the Day.
19th Nov '16 2:12:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: It took over twenty years to get made, in which case Creator/DouglasAdams had died.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/DouglasAdams' first choice for Arthur Dent was Creator/HughGrant.
** Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/RobertDowneyJr and Creator/WillFerrell were considered for Zahpod Beeblebrox.
** Creator/JayRoach was going to direct with Creator/HughLaurie as Arthur, Creator/JimCarrey as Zaphod and Creator/NigelHawthorne as Slartibartfast.
** The movie was first optioned in 1982 by producers Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross. Adams wrote three drafts for them per his contract. During this time, Medjuck and Gross were considering Creator/BillMurray or Creator/DanAykroyd to play Ford Prefect, but then Aykroyd sent them his idea for ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' and they did that movie instead.
** Around 1990, a then-unknown Creator/TimRoth was seriously considered to play Arthur Dent.





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\n* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/MichaelPalin was the original choice to voice the Guide, but he turned it down.

6th Nov '16 6:02:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TroubledProduction: Creator/DouglasAdams described the creation of the series as "not a happy production. There was a personality clash between myself and the director. And between the cast and the director. And between the tea lady and the director." Said director, Alan Bell, puts the blame on Douglas, claiming they used to make lists of his ridiculous unfilmable ideas, to which Adams would reply that Bell "cheerfully admits he will say what suits him rather than what happens to be the case. And therefore there's no point in arguing." John Lloyd, the producer and co-writer of the radio show, was annoyed that he was made "associate producer" (he felt that the fact his credit literally explodes in the ending credits was a comment on how meaningless it was) and thought Bell was too concerned with getting things done efficiently, rather than getting them done ''right''. The second series simply didn't happen: Adams wouldn't do it without Lloyd or Geoffrey Perkins; Bell wouldn't do it with them. It was suggested that Perkins could be script editor (since this would minimise his interaction with Bell), and he viewed the possibility of [[ScheduleSlip trying to wring scripts out of Adams]] under these conditions with horror. Adams then suggested replacing Bell with Pennant Roberts, who had directed several of his scripts on ''Series/DoctorWho'', but this was declined on the grounds that a writer having any say in the choice of director (or, for that matter, a drama director handling what was classed as a sitcom) simply wasn't done in those days. Nobody would back down, so...
20th Jul '16 6:28:34 PM Mankoi
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** Complicated further by the books being an adaptation of only the first two radio serials, while the other three books are original. The final three radio serials, meanwhile, are adapted from the books.
25th Jun '16 12:36:02 PM DavidDelony
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* LifeImitatesArt: Smartphones and tablets with access to Wikipedia mimic the capability and functions of the Guide with uncanny accuracy.

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* LifeImitatesArt: Smartphones and tablets with access to Wikipedia mimic the capability and functions of the Guide with uncanny accuracy, right down to the Guide's questionable accuracy.
20th Jun '16 11:31:37 PM Eagal
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* TooSoon: Creator/TheBBC provided a content warning when the episode involving the air attack on the Guide offices (a giant H-shaped skyscraper) was aired shortly after 9/11 - to their credit they didn't postpone the broadcast altogether.
12th Jun '16 1:43:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* SelfAdaptation: Creator/DouglasAdams' level of involvement with each adaptation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' varies, but the novels and computer game are the ones he had the biggest (or, in the case of the novel, only) hand in, and he delighted in completely reworking the story each time he tackled it. The TV version also had his input, and his last draft of the film before he died was used as the final one with minimal editing.
17th May '16 3:22:27 AM 06tele
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** ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' was based on an unused ''Series/DoctorWho'' script, ''Doctor Who and the Krikketmen''. It might have been a second Hitchhiker TV series.

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** ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' was based on an unused ''Series/DoctorWho'' script, ''Doctor Who and the Krikketmen''. [[note]]And you can tell: Trillian very much becomes an {{Expy}} of the Doctor, with the other characters behaving rather like the Doctor's Companions, although this is in keeping with Trillian's intelligence and generally kind-hearted nature.[[/note]] It might have been a second Hitchhiker TV series.
10th May '16 9:13:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* RealSongThemeTune: The theme for the radio show was a snatch of the Music/{{Eagles}}' "Journey of the Sorceror", an instrumental from their 1975 album ''One Of These Nights''. It would be re-orchestrated for the Radio LPs, and that arrangement was later used for the TV series.


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* RealSongThemeTune: The theme for the radio show was a snatch of the Music/{{Eagles}}' "Journey of the Sorceror", an instrumental from their 1975 album ''One Of of These Nights''. It would be re-orchestrated for the Radio LPs, [=LPs=], and that arrangement was later used for the TV series.

10th May '16 9:13:07 PM CassandraLeo
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