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Warwick Davis talks about Hitchhikers, his book and an Ewok film

Posted by LiveFor on April 27, 2010

Warwick Davis will soon be starring in Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant’s new sitcom, Life’s Too Short. We know him as Wicket the Ewok, Willow, the Leprechaun and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

He always comes across as a top bloke and he has a book out called Size Matters Not, which is just the best title ever.

In the book he also recounts learning the etiquette of false beard cleaning from Michael Gambon while filming Harry Potter (check that out below); smoking a bong taller than him for comedy slasher Leprechaun; and what it was like to work with George Lucas while playing the part of Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi – upon their first meeting on set, twelve year-old Warwick had no idea who the luminary director was, and passed him off as “a man with big hair, glasses and a beard” (they get on much better now, and Lucas wrote the foreword to his book).

You can pick up the book at the following links:
Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis – Amazon.co.uk

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Dirk Gently heading to the small screen

Posted by LiveFor on October 15, 2009

Dirk_Gently_UK_front_coverWe all know Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Brilliant, hilarious books, great radio show, cool TV show and a feature film that made me go “Meh!”

Adams wrote many other things including the adventures of Svlad Cjelli. You probably know him as Dirk Gently the holistic detective.

Dirk bills himself as a “holistic detective” who makes use of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” to solve the whole crime, and find the whole person. This involves running up large expense accounts and then claiming that every item (such as needing to go to a tropical beach in the Bahamas for three weeks) was, due to the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things”, actually a vital part of the investigation. Challenged on this point in the first novel, he claims that he cannot be considered to have ripped anybody off, because none of his clients have paid him yet.

They were great books and featured Electric Monks, sofas stuck in impossible ways, Thor, an unopened fridge, an I Ching calculator, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and so much more.

Dirk was most recently brought to life by Harry Enfield in a radio show a couple of years ago.

Now it looks as if Mr Gently will be gracing our TV screens if the BBC have their way. Chortle had the news:

Literary agent Ed Victor, who represents the author’s estate revealed the news at a Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy celebration in central London.

He said he had seen ‘a great script – not just a good script’ for the planned adaptation, but warned: ‘With the BBC, it can take forever’.

He said the producer attached to the project – thought to be former Cosby Show executive Caryn Mandabach – described the novels as ‘the greatest storytelling opportunity for television since Star Trek’.

However, Victor revealed that Adams’ estate had cancelled plans for a radio series based on the unfinished third Dirk Gently novel, A Salmon Of Doubt, saying ‘there was not enough of Douglas’ in the project to make it worthwhile.

Victor also raised the possibility of a remake of the original Hitchhikers TV series, saying the BBC had ‘made noises’ about returning to the successful franchise, but ‘glaciers move faster’.

Any remake would require a licence from Disney, who brought the rights to the Hitchhikers ‘brand’ for the 2005 film.

Exciting news as I always loved the books and the old Hitchhikers TV show. The question I put to you is who should play Dirk Gently?

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Hexstatic – Hitchhikers

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2009

One of the greatest TV theme tunes remixed by the amazing Hexstatic. Rich cheers for letting me know about them all those years ago.

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And Another Thing – Cover art for part Six of the three part Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2009


Here’s the cover to And Another Thing. The sixth part of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s trilogy. As mentioned in a previous post this is being written by Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) after Adams’ widow, Jane Belson, gave her blessing. I’m really looking forward to reading this.

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Eoin Colfer to write 6th volume of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy

Posted by LiveFor on September 17, 2008

This from The Guardian. Cheers to Del for passing it on.

Douglas Adams’s increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy is to be extended to six titles, after Adams’s widow Jane Belson sanctioned a project which will see children’s author Eoin Colfer taking up the story.

And Another Thing… by Colfer, whose involvement with the project was personally requested by Belson, will be published next October by Penguin. No information has yet emerged about the plot of the novel but Hitchhiker fans will be hoping for a resurrection of much-loved characters Arthur Dent, Trillian and Ford Prefect, who were all apparently blown to smithereens at the end of the fifth novel, Mostly Harmless.

Adams himself had plans for a sixth Hitchhiker book, saying in an interview: “People have said, quite rightly, that Mostly Harmless is a very bleak book. And it was a bleak book. I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.”

But his death in 2001, aged 49, meant the book was never written, and “legions of Hitchhiker fans were left with their hearts beating a little too quickly for all eternity,” said Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series for children.

The proposal from the literary agency which manages Adams’s estate was “quite out of the blue”, said Penguin marketing and publicity director Joanna Prior. “It was something I guess [Jane Belson] had been mulling over for some time, and we jumped the minute we got the call – we could immediately see what a fantastic project this would be.”

Colfer, who has been a fan of Hitchhiker since his schooldays, said being given the opportunity to continue the series was “like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice”. “For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world,” he added. “It is a gift from the gods. So, thank you Thor and Odin.”

The book will “make no claims for Eoin being Douglas”, according to Prior. “It’s not Eoin Colfer writing as Douglas Adams, as was the case with Sebastian Faulks,” she said, pointing to Penguin’s successful publication of Faulks’s new James Bond novel Devil May Care earlier this year. “It’s absolutely about him being himself – Eoin the author, but with the cast of Hitchhiker.”

Colfer himself is currently grappling with nerves over the quality of his addition to Adams’ oeuvre. “I feel more pressure to perform now than I ever have with my own books, and that is why I am bloody determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written,” he said. “For the first time in decades I feel the uncertainty that I last felt in my teenage years. There are people out there that really want to like this book.”

Penguin hopes that Belson’s choice of Colfer will bring a new generation of readers to Adams’s work. “It’s always a challenge when we haven’t got Douglas any more – how can we introduce his writing to the next generation?” asked Prior. “There’s a huge fan base out there, but this is a really exciting way of creating a new legacy.”

Belson said the project had her full support. “I am delighted that Eoin Colfer has agreed to continue the Hitchhiker series. I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new,” she added.

Approximately 16m copies of Hitchhiker books have been sold worldwide, according to Penguin. The “trilogy in five parts”, which started with radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 1978 and was completed with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, The Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish; and Mostly Harmless, has been translated into 35 languages.

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Typewriter for Sale – The one Douglas Adams wrote Hitchikers Guide on

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2008

This is pretty cool for all you Douglas Adams fans. The very typewriter upon which he wrote The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is for sale for £12250.00 (should have been .42 at the end surely). Well actually it is a first edition copy of the Hitchhikers Guide for sale by NV Books, but they are throwing in the signed typewriter as part of the deal.

You can buy it here.
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