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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: new Radio 4 series confirmed

Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

Douglas Adams’ cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy will return next year in a new Radio 4 series...

Radio 4 have got a real treat in store for us in the spring: they're in the midst of creating a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, featuring the original cast.

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Six instalments of Hexagonal Phase will debut in 2018, adapted from the spin-off book And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer. They'll also include some unpublished bits and bobs from the much-missed Adams, drawn from various notebooks and writings that are currently being kept safe in the St. John’s College library in Cambridge.

Simon Jones will be back as Arthur Dent in the series, with Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian. There'll also be guest stars, including
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Lost Doctor Who episode heading for home release

Chris Cummins Kirsten Howard Oct 12, 2017

A Doctor Who episode from legendary author Douglas Adams will be finished via animation, featuring the voices of the original actors...

When Douglas Adams unexpectedly died in 2001, he left a monumental void in the world of science fiction. Through works like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency he established himself as a literary idol for an entire generation who would grow up to see many of his seemingly far-out ideas come to fruition. That phone you might be reading this article on is basically a real-life Hitchhiker's Guide, and a small reminder that as bad as things are right now, they aren't entirely terrible.

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As you are probably well aware, a pre-fame Adams was a script editor for Doctor Who during Tom Baker's tenure on that series. Along with giving the show some,
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The X-Files: Cold Cases Audio Dramatization to Feature Voices of David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson & More

If you still believe and you're looking for something to listen to on your ride to work, then you're in luck, because Amazon's Audible Studios is bringing the cast of The X-Files back together for The X-Files: Cold Cases, an audio dramatization based on Joe Harris' graphic novels.

Scheduled to come out on July 18th, The X-Files: Cold Cases takes place in between The X-Files: I Want to Believe and the recent event series revival. Below, we have official details with more information as well as a teaser video featuring plenty of familiar faces from the seminal TV series. To learn more, visit Audible Studios.

From Audible Studios: "The series that had a generation looking to the sky gets a breathtaking audio reprise in an original full-cast dramatization featuring actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to voice FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Based upon
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Hear Eerie 'X-Files' Audiobook Excerpt Featuring Gillian Anderson

Hear Eerie 'X-Files' Audiobook Excerpt Featuring Gillian Anderson
A year after Fox revived The X-Files, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are once again stepping into the roles of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder for a new audiobook. X-Files: Cold Cases, an original production by Audible, presents brand-new stories for the pair, providing a backstory to the characters' lives between the movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe and last year's miniseries. It will come out on July 18th.

A clip from the recording, premiering at Rolling Stone, contains audio of Scully running, out of breath, while calling a medical service.
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Interview: Ben Rock and Stuart Gordon on the Timely 40th Anniversary Live Theatre Revival of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s The Sirens Of Titan

Over the weekend, history was made in the live theatre world of Los Angeles, as Ben Rock and the legendary Stuart Gordon revived the stage play version of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s novel The Sirens of Titan for the Sacred Fools Theater. Gordon, who first tackled the darkly comedic sci-fi tale 40 years ago for Chicago’s Organic Theater, once again handled the screenplay adaptation for this new take on the classic story of a man who must lose everything to understand what life truly is all about. The result is a wildly entertaining exploration of what it means to be human, as well as a deeply moving experience that I enjoyed immensely.

After the premiere performance this past Friday, Daily Dead had the opportunity to chat with both Rock and Gordon (who are reteaming once again after a successful collaboration on Taste, a cannibal-themed dramatic production that also played at
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Review: In Sing, Animals Compete, But No One Dies

Watching Sing, a bland animated musical featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane and many more, I struggled to recall the joys and pleasures of Son of Rambow. That film was the sophomore effort of director Garth Jennings. He'd previously helmed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an unwieldy adaptation of Douglas Adams' book that struggled to overcome high expectations and fell quite short. Yet it had promise and Jennings delivered on that promise with Son of Rambow, a rambunctious tale that truly captured the spirit of youth. Years later, Jennings has written and directed a big-budget animated film that is a pale riff on American Idol, set in a world inhabited completely by anthropomorphic animals. It's a very safe...

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Sing Trailer Hits the High Notes with McConaughey and Witherspoon

Sing Trailer Hits the High Notes with McConaughey and Witherspoon
Last week, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment debuted the first official photos from Sing, the studio's animated musical that hits theaters over the holiday season. Today we have a new trailer, which shows what obstacles these singers must overcome to win a singing competition that will change their lives. If that wasn't enough, we also have even more new photos for you to check out.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer's comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season. With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.
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Sing Photos Introduce the Animated Musical's Cast of Characters

Sing Photos Introduce the Animated Musical's Cast of Characters
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer's comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season. With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio. Today, the studio has unveiled new photos and details about the voice actors and the characters they portray.

The event film stars Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon
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Watch The The Olympics TV Spot For Sing

Illumination Entertainment has debuted the new Olympics TV spot for the animated Sing, which you can check out below.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life Of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above
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Img To Handle Global Sales For ‘Dirk Gently’ BBC America Series

Img will handle international sales for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America's eight-episode series based on the cult novels by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Written and executive produced by Max Landis, the series is set to debut in the fall. Starring Samuel Barnett as the title character, along with Elijah Wood and Hannah Marks, Dirk Gently follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric "holistic" detective Dirk Gently and his…
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Sing: new trailer for Garth Jennings' animated singing contest

Simon Brew Nov 3, 2016

The studio behind the Despicable Me films is bringing Garth Jennings' Sing to life. Here's the latest trailer...

Now this looks a hoot. We rewatched director Garth Jennings' terrific Son Of Rambow recently, and if you've not had the pleasure, it's very much worth seeking out. But for Jennings' next project - and he previously helmed The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - he's got an animated film for us.

It's from Illumination Entertainment, the outfit behind the Despicable Me and Minions films. And this new venture is called Sing. Jennings also penned the script for this one, about a music competition with talking animals. It's due in cinemas in the Us at Christmas, although we don't get it over here until January. But still, we've got a new trailer for it, as well as the synopsis for the film...

As tradition dictates, let's do them in that order.
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Watch: First Trailer For Animated Musical ‘Sing’ Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson & More

Illumination Entertainment have scored hits with "Despicable Me" and spinoff "Minions," and in 2016 they are hoping to knock two out of the park. "The Secret Life Of Pets" hits this summer, with the studio betting on animated cats and dogs packing 'em in (and to be fair, it does look kinda of cute). And then this holiday, they're want to make you "Sing." Read More: The 30 Best Voice Performances In Pixar Movies Directed by Garth Jennings ( “Son of Rambow,” “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”), and featuring a star-studded voice cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, and Beck Bennett, the movie's premise is basically an animal "American Idol." Here's the official synopsis: Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by...
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Alan Rickman dies at 69 by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-01-14 13:20:20

Alan Rickman introducing A Little Chaos at Glasgow Film Festival Photo: Eoin Carey British actor Alan Rickman has died in London, aged 69. He had been suffering from cancer. The much-loved star began his career on stage and television before going on to create a number of memorable characters on screen.

He particularly became known for his ability to play bad guys, with roles including Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves - for which he won a supporting actor BAFTA - and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. Many of his villainous roles also allowed him to display his comic timing, a skill that also led him to provide the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and mock his own Rada Shakespearean training in 1999 space spoof Galaxy Quest.

He was far from typecast, however,
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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.

Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.

Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.

Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles,
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Landis Pens New "Dirk Gently" Series Adaptation

BBC America has given an eight-episode order for a new series adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" with "Chronicle" scribe Max Landis set to pen the script.

One of the other works from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Adams, the series will follow the surreal adventures of the highly unconventional detective and his reluctant assistant Todd as they navigate one big metaphysical mystery per season.

In this adaptation, the character will head to the United States in a storyline envisioned by Adams that the author was working on at the time of his unexpected death.

AMC Studios, Ideate Media, Idw Entertainment and Circle of Confusion will produce the series with Landis, Arvind Ethan David, Zainir Aminullah, Ted Adams, David Ozer, David Alpert and Rick Jacobs all serving as executive producers.

The project is separate from the four-episode BBC UK adaptation of the
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Details Revealed About Garth Jennings’ Animated Musical: Now Titled ‘Sing’ Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson

“I can’t talk about it, but they should be releasing details any day now,” director Garth Jennings recently said on the podcast of English comedian Adam Buxton. Jennings, known originally as part of the video team called Hammer and Tongs, and the filmmaker behind “Son of Rambow,” and “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” was discussing what is now called, “Sing,” his then untitled Illumination animated film that he’s been working on in Paris for several years. Tonight, Universal and Illumination revealed more details. We’d already known the cast featured Matthew McConaughey, and John C. Reilly, and that voice cast is being filled out by quite a number of stars including Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and musician Tori Kelly. The animated tooner will be a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us. Here’s the longform synopsis:
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'Star Wars' and 'Harry Potter' Star Warwick Davis Needs Your Help With a Heist Film

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Among the many Star Wars vets returning for The Force Awakens is Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and multiple characters in The Phantom Menace. You may also know him as the star of Willow, the Leprechaun franchise and the show Life's Too Short. He's also in all of the Harry Potter movies plus LabyrinthRay and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In addition to the new Star Wars movie(s), Davis will soon be seen as the lead character in an indie comedy called ShortFellas. That is, if it can find the funds to be made. The movie has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $870,610 for the project, which will be written and directed...

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Jk Rowling vs wizards and 12 more Doctor Who storylines you will never see

Doctor Who warps back on to our screens in two short days, with the premiere of a new 12-part series of sci-fi, sonic screwdrivers and Capaldi attack eyebrows.

But while the BBC has broadcast more than 800 episodes of generation-defining time travels, there's been as many cracking scripts that never made it to our TVs – from key character deaths to Jk Rowling cameos.

1. Jk Rowling vs. wizards

Russell T Davies' first idea for the 2008 Christmas special was to have the Doctor meet Jk Rowling - playing herself - with the pair battling wizards and witches.

David Tennant wasn't fond of the idea - he felt it sounded like a spoof - so Davies quashed the story to placate his leading man. In its place, we got 'The Next Doctor', which was pretty magical in its own right - so no damage, no foul.

2. Stephen Fry's 1920s adventure

Doctor Who
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Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? 10 stars of the hit '90s show then and now

"Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions? Do you have the courage of the heroes?

"Do you have the will or the skill? Do you have the strength, the speed the heart to be a winner? Deep down in your Soul?"

These were the fundamental questions posed by ITV's original Gladiators, to both the audience and brave contenders who dared to take part. While this particular writer longed to be Lightning (her backflips were to die for), all the seemingly superhuman powerhouses were forces to reckon with - only occasionally tamed by strict referee John Anderson.

Originally hosted by John Fashanu and Ulrika Jonsson, Gladiators was what Saturday nights in the '90s were made of.

So as Saracen (aka Mike Lewis) returns to our small screens to tackle the Ninja Warrior UK obstacle course, we pick out some of the
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It Crowd's Graham Linehan writing Channel 4 space comedy with Adam Buxton

Graham Linehan is reportedly working on a new Channel 4 sitcom pilot set in space.

The Cloud will star Adam Buxton as part of a hapless data hub crew who are floating around Earth. Their ship is designed to protect information on the internet, even if it is only just selfies, porn and funny cat photos.

Aisling Bea and Jamie Demetriou will also star in the project, according to Radio Times.

The non-broadcast pilot will film in the spring. Channel 4 will announce whether it has received a full commission later this year.

Previous British sitcoms set in space include the iconic Red Dwarf, Nick Frost's Hyperdrive, and the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Linehan recently revealed that a potential musical version of his classic show Father Ted could be a success.

The writer's current series Count Arthur Strong - which he
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