The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (radio serial)

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (radio serial)

, Laurel Lefkow,Sue Adams, John Langdon, Harry Enfield, Douglas's Mum, Peter Davison, Jon Glover, Olivia Colman, Jan Ravens,Alison Mackenzie, Rebecca Pinfield, Gary Martin, Wayne Forester and Paul Deeley.

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul is an Above the Title Productions radio adaptation, dramatised by Dirk Maggs and John Langdon [cite web|url=|title=BBC - Radio 4 - Daily Schedule|accessdate=2008-09-24] of Douglas Adams's The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul starring Harry Enfield, Peter Davison, John Fortune [cite web|url=|title=Above The Title - The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul|accessdate=2008-09-23] and Stephen Moore. It started broadcasting on 2 October 2008 on BBC Radio 4. [cite web|url=|title=BBC - Press Office - Network Radio Programme Information Week 40 Thursday 2 October 2008|accessdate=2008-09-16]

The title is a quotation from the Adams novel Life, The Universe and Everything where it says of the immortally annoyed Wowbagger: [cite book|isbn=0-330-26738-8|title=Life, The Universe and Everything|author=Douglas Adams]

Changes between the novel and the radio adaptation

In adapting the story for six half-hour episodes, Dirk Maggs has rescheduled the novel's convoluted plot: [cite web|url=|title=BBC Radio 4 - Comedy - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Production Diary|accessdate=2008-09-23]

The adaptation is an inverted detective story, shuffling the importance of characters: elevating the Draycotts, turning Neil Sharp into Kate Schechter's landlord and former "Pugilism And The Third Autistic Cuckoo" member with the now returned Richard McDuff. Cleaner Elena is inadvertently kidnapped by Nobby the Pawnbroker, after the battle with a ravenous fridge. [cite web|url=|title=BBC Radio 4 - Comedy - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Nobby the Pawnbroker|accessdate=2008-09-23]

On the [ audio trailer] , Susan Way sells "Way Forward Technologies" to Sirius Cybernetics, Richard McDuff is detained by the Vogon catchphrase "resistance is useless", and the I-Ching Calculator has a familiar sound.

The explosion, now at Heathrow Terminal 5 is now explained as "freak indoor Global Warming", and pizza non-delivery is now ancient history.


1. Dirk Gently loses a secretary and Odin sells his soul. [cite web|url=|title=BBC - Radio 4 - Daily Schedule|accessdate=2008-09-24] [ (BBC Programmes)]

2. Inspector Gilks makes a discovery and Dirk breaks a nose. [cite web|url=|title=BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, Episode 2|accessdate=2008-10-02] [ (BBC Programmes)]


The returning cast is:

* Richard MacDuff - Billy Boyd
* Detective Sergeant Gilks - Jim Carter
* Janice Pearce - Olivia Colman
* Dirk Gently - Harry Enfield
* Constable Luke, RAF Pilot 1 - Wayne Forester

New cast:

* Nurse Sally Mills - Morwenna Banks
* Simon Draycott - "Dish of the Day" and "Doctor Who", Peter Davison
* Thor - Rupert Degas
* Dr Standish - "Bremner, Bird and Fortune", John Fortune
* Geoff Anstey, Bates - "Management consultant", Jon Glover
* Elena - Sally Grace
* Vagrant - Philip Jackson
* Kate Schechter - "Starship Titanic", Laurel Lefkow
* Viking Announcer - Gary Martin
* Odin - "Marvin the Paranoid Android", Stephen Moore
* Neil Sharp, RAF Pilot 2 - Philip Pope
* Cynthia Draycott - Jan Ravens
* Toe Rag - Michael Roberts
* Tsuliwaensis - "Trillian", Susan Sheridan
* Nobby Paxton - Michael Fenton Stevens
* Sarah Montague - Sarah Montague
* Announcer - John Marsh


* Music composer - Philip Pope
* Executive Producer - Sioned Wiliam
* Producers - Jo Wheeler and Dirk Maggscite web|url=|title=BBC Radio 4 - Comedy - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Full cast list|accessdate=2008-09-23]

ee Also

* And Another Thing...


External links

* [ audio trailer] .

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