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The Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases were broadcast on Radio 4 from September 2004 to June 2005.
The Adventure Game
Over 50 million moves have been played since our new version of the Hitchhiker's Adventure Game was launched in September 2004. The full set of hints pages are now available including maps.
Production Diary
Director and co-producer, Dirk Maggs joined us for a live webchat on 22 June. You can read the full transcript along with Dirk's Production Diary and the transcript of his Tertiary Phase webchat.
The New Series
The final three books in the Hitchhiker's 'trilogy' of five were adapted for Radio 4 by Dirk Maggs.
Read synopses of all the episodes from the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases.
Quandary and Quintessential Phases
Watch the video of the recording sessions for the Quandary and Quintessential Phases.
Listen to an extended trailer of the series and see our behind-the-scenes photo gallery.
Hitchhiker Wallpaper
Celebrate the end of the Quintessential Phase by downloading our Hitchhiker's Guide wallpaper, featuring some of the stars who have appeared in the BBC Radio and TV series since 1978.
The New Cast
Most of the original radio cast were reunited for the final series and they were joined by new stars including Stephen Fry, Griff Rhys Jones, Miriam Margolyes and Jane Horrocks.
Geoffrey McGivern and Simon Jones
Simon Jones and Geoffrey McGivern, who play Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, joined us on 4 May for a live webchat about the Hitchhiker's series.
You can read the full transcript here.
Hitchhikers Memories
We hear from some famous Hitchhiker fans and those who worked with Douglas Adams - including the story of how he was felled by Ford (Geoffrey McGivern) and the Python who became a parrot.
7th Dimension
The Quintessential Phase of The Hitchhiker's Guide ended on 21 June, but remember that you can find
sci-fi and fantasy every night on BBC 7
BAFTA Interactive Awards
On March 2, at Café Royal in London, our 20th Anniversary Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide Adventure Game received an Interactive BAFTA for Online Entertainment. Find out more.
Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzsky
Steve Meretzky explains how he and Douglas created the Hitchhiker's Adventure Game and reveals that the infamous Babel Fish puzzle was almost cut because it was considered too hard.
Picture Competition winners
Many thanks to everyone who entered the Adventure Game Picture Competition. We were very impressed by the high standard and you can see the images in our Competition Galleries.
The Competition
We asked you to improve on "Mostly Harmless" as a Hitchhiker's Guide entry for Earth. Series producer, Bruce Hyman, has chosen the winners.
See the results and read the winning entries
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