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Douglas Adams in '80 Days' by Palinite14 on 13 January 2004 2:16pm
I was listening to the 80 Days audio tapes the other night and I heard Michael Palin mention the two phone messages at his hotel in Hong Kong. One was from Alan Whicker I think, the other was from a man called Douglas Adams...is this the late and great Douglas Adams, of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Michael also says something along the lines of 'Douglas is quite upstaging me with a 2-year journey to various places around the world for BBC Radio'. Can anyone who knows a lot about Douglas Adams tell me what this was? since I have never heard of it before despite reading about the life and work of Douglas Adams (who, by the way, was a genius, and if you haven't yet read/listened to the Hitchhiker's Guide, do so, because it is absolutely fabulous.)
...And, I was reading a book about the Hitchhiker's Guide (for anyone who doesn't know, this is a British cult classic 1970s sci-fi comedy metaphysical radio show..easier to type than to say :D ) and it said that Michael Palin was among a number of people approached to play the part of 'the voice of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', a part which went to Peter Jones.
Re: Douglas Adams in '80 Days' by Surrey on 13 January 2004 8:01pm
I think we can be almost certain that this is the Douglas Adams in question. They were at very least nodding acquaintances, as Douglas had done some writing with Graham Chapman - if you have not tracked it down yet, find the new Python autobiography and look for the rather cheeky letter Douglas wrote to Graham when he was having trouble pinning him down to work on material. (You'll find a similar letter in Salmon of Doubt, which he writes to Disney regarding the Hitchhiker movie.)

As for the trip, the only set of journeys that I can think of that actually did take place were the ones detailed in Last Chance to See (which is exceptional, if you have not yet read it). I have heard of a number of ideas for travel programs or webcasts that Douglas hoped to work on at various points, but none spring to mind that did come to completion. I'll have to give that a think; I've been perusing so much material by or about Douglas lately (- I've been feeling a bit sad about the whole thing -) that I can't remember which info comes from which source anymore...

Oh yes, the other option is that this could be a fairly common name and may have nothing to do with OUR Douglas Adams, but I choose to believe that this is not true.
Re: Douglas Adams in '80 Days' by pythonmanni on 13 January 2004 8:29pm
I'm sure it was. Douglas Adams also appeared in an episode of Flying Circus from the 4th season. He appears at the very beginning as a lady dropping a bomb into the back of a truck. He's listed in the credits of it I believe. Also Terry Jones wrote(or co-wrote) the book of Adam's Starship Titantic.
Re: Douglas Adams in '80 Days' by Diamond on 16 January 2004 9:55pm
hello bruce¬¬

havent seen you in some time

have jsut posted on the RGS thread for you!!


Re: Douglas Adams in '80 Days' by irishmanufan on 18 January 2004 12:13am
as far as i can tell terry jones wrote the book of starship titanic on his own . i think douglas adams was too busy with the video game to be bothered . could be worng though

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