The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Radio Drama Part Two

We’re continuing our pairing of influential sci-fi radio dramas by following up our War of the Worlds episode with the BBC’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Joining us is Eli McIlveen, the creator of the scripted podcast Alba Salix and the improv podcast Civilized. Claire begins by discussing satire, breaking down its many forms and some of its earliest iterations. James discusses some of Douglass Adams’ influences (whether they were intentional or not) from the sketch group Monty Python to the author Robert Sheckley. Eli talks about the production behind the famed radio drama, including how the Radiophonic Workshop used sound effects to bring Douglass’ vision to life. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the drama, how it has influenced Eli’s work and why we paired it with War of the Worlds.