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Adams' Dirk Gently Serialized on BBC Radio

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the hard-not-to-appreciate-a-robot-that-can-believe-stuff-for-you dept.

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happy monday writes "Douglas Adams' 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' is being serialised by BBC Radio, starring Harry Enfield. The first episode can be listened to on Radio 4's website now." The Times has a fairly glowing review of the program, and (for US folks like myself) some incomprehensible British-isms to boot.

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I just heard it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884129)

Very anti-american sentiments. Just got produced now as a protest against US middle east policy.

Thanks for the warning (1)

Nymz (905908) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884219)

Not that I would bother, as it's stream only, and RealPlayer only.

Re:Thanks for the warning (4, Insightful)

garbletext (669861) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884455)

Once again, the pirate community says "you're welcome" [demonoid.com]

Re:Thanks for the warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885525)

Unless, that is, if you live in Canada.

Re:Thanks for the warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20886149)

Then connect through a non-Canadian Proxy? The QuickProxy Firefox extension makes it even more convenient.

Re:Thanks for the warning (1)

jweatherley (457715) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886345)

Works fine in India.

Re:Thanks for the warning (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886299)

oh, snap!

Britishisms? (4, Insightful)

toby (759) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884133)

Being British myself, and having modified my own communications to fit North American cultural scopes, I decided to scan the review for these claimed "Britishisms". A North American may be forgiven for not knowing who Kenny Everett [wikipedia.org] is - although he certainly was broadcast as far afield as the former British colony Australia (now a military and cultural outpost of the USA) - but apart from that, what are the other impenetrable Britishisms?

Can't be bidet - a strictly Continental idea; "serendipitous" is surely common usage by now, though coined of course by a Brit; Chris Moyles - well who cares - one can assume he's the UK's Michael Richards - ditto; Boswell and Dr Johnson are simply subjects of general knowledge; Ravel [wikipedia.org] is no Pom and his Boléro no English hymn; ah, Jeremy Clarkson, [wikipedia.org] there you may have a point, laddie. Cholmondeley-Warner [wikipedia.org] is just a television character, innit. Anything else?

Re:Britishisms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884331)

Australia is a military and cultural outpost of the USA? Wow, nice troll.

Re:Britishisms? (3, Insightful)

fsmunoz (267297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884403)

Australia is a military and cultural outpost of the USA? Wow, nice troll.

I don't think it was a troll, just an exageration to convey an image, an hyperbole if you will. I'm sure that the parent poster would say something along the same lines about the UK, just as I will happily (or not) say somthing about my own country in the same vein. Consider it a tongue in cheeck remark about the almost inevitable influence the US has all over.

Re:Britishisms? (2)

Barny (103770) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884521)

Consider it a tongue in cheek remark about the almost inevitable influence the US has all over.


Or maybe it is in reference to how our media and our government seem intent to worm their way up Americas arse hole...

-signed, An Aussie still proud to use the word 'arse'

Re:Britishisms? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20886315)

Or the fact that the CIA infiltrated our government in the Whitlam era, but hey, we host the Echelon network at Pine Gap for our own good I'm sure they told me.

Re:Britishisms? (2, Funny)

Bartab (233395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884661)

That's just because our culture, society, and gov't are better than yours.

YEAH, DO IT! I'VE GOT KARMA TO SPARE.

ever been there? (1)

toby (759) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884489)

I only lived there for 35 years, you'd think I would know of what I speak.

Re:ever been there? (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884653)

Well, thinking australia is a military outpost for america is common misconception even among australian's, so i can hardly blame forgieners for having no clue.

the fact is, we are no more an outpost for america then they are for us or any other allies.

as far as culture goes, it's hardly suprising we take a lot of it in, we are an english nation surrounded by asian's, and their culture is so alien to us it's hard to even comphrend a lot of it, so it's hardly a suprise we don't embrace it as much.

Re:ever been there? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884715)

"the fact is, we are no more an outpost for america then they are for us or any other allies."

Yeah, like, dream on. Many of us can't even point out your country on the map ("aren't they Germany's little brother?") As you wrote, you feel isolated stuck in southern Pacific below Asian hordes (more specifically Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world), so you keep on sucking up to whoever is the big boy in the West. Used to be the Brits, now the US.

Re:ever been there? (0, Offtopic)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884783)

i just added you to the list of people i'm smarter than.

Pine Gap (1)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885245)

we are no more an outpost for america then they are for us or any other allies
What other allies have station here?

Re:Britishisms? (1)

vague disclaimer (861154) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886865)

You sensitive clod!

What?? (was Re:Britishisms?) (1, Funny)

dj42 (765300) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884347)

What the hell did you just say? "Ravel is no Pom and his Bolero no English hymn" I can't even type that little fancy e.

Re:What?? (was Re:Britishisms?) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885169)

I read Pom and Porn. That makes even less sense.

I absolutely "Adore" the Dirk Gently series. (2, Insightful)

gbutler69 (910166) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886623)

Can't wait to hear these episodes.

Also, in case anyone thinks "Bolero" is a Britishism, recall that it was used as the theme for "10" starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.

This movie was further immortalized in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in the famous swimming pool scene which was a homage to a similar scene in "10" with Bo Derek.

Re:What?? (was Re:Britishisms?) (1)

Faylone (880739) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886795)

A simple search of the page's HTML shows that it's é Ex: Boléro

Exercises de style (1)

weierstrass (669421) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887069)

There is in fact no accent on the 'e' in the Spanish word "Bolero".

Re:Britishisms? (0, Troll)

OBeardedOne (700849) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884699)

I say, jolly good old fellow!

Re:Britishisms? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884831)

I think it might have been the word 'answerphone' that threw Zonk off. I can't seem to find any mentions of 'rogering the loo' or 'fanny full of spotted dick' or anything else that could easily have confused him...

Re:Britishisms? (1)

Karma Sucks (127136) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885297)

Frankly I stopped reading the article after the first few sentences. It hardly made any sense at all.

Re:Britishisms? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20886401)

Zonk, the language is called English for a reason. The term 'Britishisms' is nonsense, either you understand English or you don't. If you don't, then you probably shouldn't be working as an editor.

Re:Britishisms? (2, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886671)

Car boot near the start, maybe? Lorry is another one. Mind you, any American who can't manage that kind of translation is incredibly ignorant.

Oh good, RealPlayer (4, Insightful)

svunt (916464) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884199)

National broadcasters using these formats..tsk tsk - I'm an Aussie, and hate having wmv or mp4 only for video download from the ABC, but RealPlayer? Yuk! Poor Brits.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (3, Informative)

resequenced (656161) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884465)

VLC plays the stream just fine. There's even a handy "Listen using stand-alone Real Player" link; you don't have to muck through HTML or anything. Real Audio wouldn't be my first choice, but the quality is pretty good, all things considered.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884749)

Real Alternative version 1.52 for windows users. Streams perfectly. And no "Real Player" spam.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (2, Informative)

piper-noiter (772438) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884803)

I use Real Alternative. I also re-record it analog-style, save it as an mp3 and play it in the car to and from work once all the episodes of a radio program are out. I'm odd like that.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (1)

dfgchgfxrjtdhgh.jjhv (951946) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885049)

or you could just use vlc & save the stream directly

MP4? (2, Informative)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884995)

Wait. What's your problem with MP4? Isn't it pretty much universally supported at this point?

Re:MP4? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885565)

Mod parent up. mp4 is exactly what you want.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (5, Informative)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885099)

The Realplayer format is actually pretty decent compression wise. Of course, you should never use the standard realplayer viewing software for this. The best method I know uses MPlayer:

1) Open a terminal and type the following:
mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile dirk.ra rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/comedy/wed1830.ra

2) Wait about 30 seconds, then open another terminal and play the file dirk.ra from disk while it's still downloading:
mplayer dirk.ra

This has two benefits: you can put the stream in your collection (maybe convert to ogg later etc), and you won't get the annoying buffering pauses.

This method also works with realvideo files, and wmv urls (mms://) if you want to save those types of movies. Finally, note that MPlayer lets you skip around an audio or video file, even if the file says you can't fast forward in other GUI oriented video players.

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (1)

glavenoid (636808) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886089)

Absolutely brilliant, man!

I've been trying to use the win32 version of vlc to save this (and other streams) to no avail. Somehow I forgot all about mplayer.

Works beautifully!

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (3, Interesting)

Peet42 (904274) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886147)

If you're on Windows, and using the BBC site, follow their "Get Realplayer" links.

Before the BBC standardised on RealPlayer for their video and audio streams (which may not continue much longer as the new DRM-encumbered BBCiPlayer rolls out) they got an agreement from RealNetworks to provide an ad-free version of RealPlayer. It's freely available to all, but only if you go through the BBC site to get it and, crucially, do not install the "full" RealPlayer first.

The BBC version has been effectively neutered; it doesn't fire up the browser unless you ask it to, and doesn't look for ads in the background. Without those annoyances it is my favourite Windows media player. :-)

Re:Oh good, RealPlayer (2, Funny)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886347)

Using RealPlayer is totally fair. It's terrible on every platform.

Poor guy!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884237)

I misread: Adams' Dirk Gently Sterilized on BBC Radio. I wouldn't like to have my dirk sterilized anytime soon, not even "gently"!

Re:Poor guy!!! (1)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884859)

If you're going to stab someone it's best to have your dirk sterilized.

Re:Poor guy!!! (3, Funny)

lord_sarpedon (917201) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885479)

Its blade length and style varied, but it was generally 7-14 inches. However, the blades of Irish versions often were as much as 21 inches in length.
From Wiki. Emphasis mine :)

RealAudio (0)

emj (15659) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884239)

Sigh I can only find it in RealAudio.. Can't they just use flash mp3 players or something similar..

RealAudio IT actually works (1)

emj (15659) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884279)

Ha! I installed RealPlayer and it actually seems to behave nicely. Best quote of the day (from the show): "It's like trying to doing calculus with someone kicking your head"

Re:RealAudio IT actually works (2, Funny)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884297)

"It's like trying to doing calculus with someone kicking your head"


Sounds like trying to keep up with my calc professor.

Excellent book (3, Interesting)

amaupin (721551) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884255)

This was an excellent book, and based on a Doctor Who script or not, I always thought it was much better than any of the Hitchhiker's novels. (However I still put the original Hitchhiker's radio series at the top of Adams' oeuvre, mostly due to the brilliance of Mark Wing-Davey.)

Can't wait to listen to this new show.

Shada (was: Excellent book) (2, Informative)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884791)

Elements of it were taken from "Shada", a Dr Who series which was never made for the TV due to industrial action, but many years later an audio version was made, available from Big Finish, and often broadcast on BBC7 - my page at http://www.radiolistings.co.uk/programmes/shada.html [radiolistings.co.uk] gives the dates when it was last on.

Re:Shada (was: Excellent book) (1)

mrbooze (49713) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885571)

Elements of Dirk Gently are also fairly similar to plot elements in City of Death.

Re:Excellent book (2, Interesting)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884867)

I read the Dirk Gently books for the first time this year, and they reminded me of Tom Holt's 'Expecting Someone Taller' - probably the Norse Gods and suburban England. Now I'm curious .. wonder which was written first?

(Preferred Hitchhikers Guide to the Gently books, BTW.)

Re:Excellent book (1)

Grey_14 (570901) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884941)

Just so you know you're not alone, I preferred the Dirk Gently books to HHG2G as well,

Re:Excellent book (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885007)

For whatever reason, I simply couldn't latch onto anything in the book, even though I read through the first four books of the H2G2 trilogy in one weekend. It took me six tries to get through the book, and I was frustrated at the end that I'd spent the time to read it, especially after all the adulation poured on it by my friends. (Then again, some of them think Red Dwarf is the pinnacle of comedy, and one of them even thinks AbFab is a great show, too.)

I sometimes think I should give it another try, since it's been the better part of a decade since I last read it. I just can't bring myself to even look for the book, though.

Re:Excellent book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885937)

and one of them even thinks AbFab is a great show, too

It probably hasn't aged well, since many sitcoms don't, but AbFab was a great show during its time. And gave us one of the best futurama title gags ever...

Re:Excellent book (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885213)

I'm not quite sure where I'd rank them in comparison with HHGttG and Restaurant, but both Dirk Gentlys were far superior to the later Hitchhiker books.

Tricky for radio... (2, Insightful)

itsdapead (734413) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887301)

I always thought it was much better than any of the Hitchhiker's novels.

Well, Hitchhiker's - at least the original radio show and the first two books based on it - was basically a series of sketches with a rather loose linking plot (which varied considerably between the Radio, book and TV show). As such it worked well on radio.

The two Dirk Gently books, however, have really, really clever plots in which lots of bizarre, random events get pulled together at the end using some wonderful fantasy logic. I'm not sure that will work so well on radio - having heard the first episode I think its going to be hard to follow if you haven't read the book.

The later novel-based Hitchhiker stories tried the same sort of trick, but didn't pull it off quite as well.

I particularly love Adams' debunking of the Sherlock Holmes axiom "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth" in the second book...

(Basically, "Impossible" could just mean that there is something in the universe that you don't understand, and there are plenty of those, "Improbable" suggests something that you do understand and know to be very, very unlikely. It makes sense in the context of the book, although I hope the creationists don't latch on to it :-) )

Re:Tricky for radio... (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887457)

(Basically, "Impossible" could just mean that there is something in the universe that you don't understand, and there are plenty of those, "Improbable" suggests something that you do understand and know to be very, very unlikely. It makes sense in the context of the book, although I hope the creationists don't latch on to it :-) )
It'd funnier if the creationists managed to convince themselves that they had proved the existence of god, as you could then prove he doesn't a la the babel fish [videosift.com] ...;-)

For those who want MP3s... (5, Informative)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884313)

Use mplayer to decode it and lame to encode it:

$ mkfifo inandout
$ lame inandout --tt "Episode 1" --ta "BBC Radio 4" --tl "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" --ty 2007 --tn 1 --tg "Speech" Episode1.mp3 &
$ mplayer -prefer-ipv4 rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/comedy/wed1830.ra -ao pcm:file=inandout pcm:fast -vc dummy -vo null

Or, if you want a script that cron can run: http://www.wildgardenseed.com/Taj/record-dirk-gently.txt [wildgardenseed.com]

Re:For those who want MP3s... (1)

RiffRafff (234408) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884601)

Huh. Look at that. Very cool.

Thanks!

Re:For those who want MP3s... (1)

stevenvi (779021) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884779)

Excellent. Thanks. :)

To anyone else interested in using this script, the radio programme is weekly on Wednesdays at 18:30, so schedule your crons appropriately. (That said, I'm not sure when the download is made available...)

Re:For those who want MP3s... (3, Informative)

OriginalArlen (726444) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884911)

Or use this handy script [blueyonder.co.uk] .

Called up my girl (1, Flamebait)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884323)

I called up my girlfriend to tell her about this. I hope she's having better luck listening to it on her Mac than I am on Vista -- the free Realplayer seems to think it's being installed as a restricted user even when it's not. Good testing, Real.

Maybe I'll download all the gray codecs and listen to this on one of my Linux boxes. Or I'll look around for Real Alternative, if it's still being hacked on.

Real player (5, Informative)

Neon Aardvark (967388) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884355)

I hate real player too, but installed it a while ago to listen to BBC radio programs (some of which are worth it).

In case anyone cares, this is apparently why they persist in using this abomination: http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedback/broadband_faq.shtml#latelyFAQ8 [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Real player (1)

fsmunoz (267297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884425)

Thanks for the link, this part I found interesting:

We have ensured that versions of RealPlayer are available as free downloads for virtually all types of hardware and operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux and more), so that everyone can have access to our content regardless of the equipment that they choose to use.
Like or dislike RP it is at least available on multiple platforms, and many others aren't (copying Windows DLLs doesn't count as supporting). Their reasoning does make sense in terms of universal availability of their content.

I'm glad that this was serialized... (4, Informative)

Smerity (714804) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884447)

I'm glad that this is being serialized, Douglas Adams' work lives well in an audio form, and I'm sure the BBC will do it justice as they have his works in the past. I read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency some time ago and it held up to all the expectations I had from Douglas Adams. If you've enjoyed any of his past works, or enjoy the kind of humour found in Terry Pratchett you'd find this fun.

This is honestly quite tailored to the scientific individual - the story focuses around a computer programmer (Richard MacDuff), an ongoing dilemma of Dirk Gently's great difficulty trying to track down a missing cat (Schrödinger's cat [wikipedia.org] ), an issue with the moving sofa problem [wikipedia.org] (and how it was impossible for the sofa to actually become stuck in the first place) and for those who know of Coleridge's poetry (specifically The Rime of the Ancient Mariner [wikipedia.org] and Kubla Khan [wikipedia.org] ) you'll be in for quite a few twisting and entertaining surprises. There's also a time machine in there for kicks =]

Honestly, if the concept of a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time-travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic" interests you in any way, do yourself a favour and either listen in or buy the book - you won't be disappointed =] PS. I'm Australian (but with a strong grounding in American culture) and I didn't find too many 'Britishisms' in Dirk Gently... Maybe you're looking too hard? ^_^

Re:I'm glad that this was serialized... (1)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884879)

The Gently books certainly mixed a few genres ;-) And as for Aussies, we've seen enough Goodies, Doctor Who, Minder and other UK shows to pick up the gist of things. Maybe it's because we don't remake shows like Fawlty Towers to suit 'our' market, and have learnt to appreciate and enjoy the originals.

Re:I'm glad that this was serialized... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885309)

"...There's also a time machine in there for kicks =] "

And monk. Don't forget the electric monk.

Re:I'm glad that this was serialized... (1)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886999)

There's also a time machine in there for kicks =]

Any other spoilers you want to chuck in there while you're at it? Muppet.

Before reading/listening to Dirk Gently... (2, Informative)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884481)

...make sure you at least read Wikipedia's entry for Samuel Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan". There are art, science etc references throught, but knowing a specific detail on the writting of that poem will help you appreciate more the conclusion of the amazing book.

Re:Before reading/listening to Dirk Gently... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20886293)

Writting is guud.

Podcasting (1)

treyTTU (931851) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884645)

I think Radio4 uses some sort of random algorithm for choosing what they will podcast. I've listened to many of their programs both on iTunes and streaming, and I can honestly say the programs they choose to podcast have just as much value (monetarily) as the programs they choose not to. Also I've found that it is fairly arbitrary whether I'll be able to find the program that I'm looking for on iTunes. Going through the steps of capturing it to MP3 to play on the iPod doesn't have enough value for the time spent doing it in my opinion. Some day a media company will get it right... oh wait, that's probably not true.

Re:Podcasting (1)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884767)

The problem is that the BBC doesn't own most of the 'entertainment' programmes and have to negotiate which can be podcasted or sold on CD.

Re:Podcasting (2, Informative)

OriginalArlen (726444) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884945)

Actually he major problem is incidental music. It's easy to license someone else's copyright work for broadcast, (read: streaming) but a downloadable file that you can save and play back many times counts as distribution. (Yes, the law in the UK has not caught up to the fact that broadcasts can be recorded. My Dad has some old reel-to-reel tapes of 1950s Goon Shows he made at the time, so it's not terribly new idea...)

Re:Podcasting (1)

Xiaran (836924) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886751)

Goon shows? On reel-to-reel? Does he have anything pre around 1954? If so can you encourage him to digitize them... not for distribution mind you... its just that before then most of the goon shows were lost. If he has anything from around 51-52 then Id strongly encourage him to get in touch with the BBC or a goon show fan site... there are very few episodes from that period.

Re:Podcasting (1)

pla (258480) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887133)

Going through the steps of capturing it to MP3 to play on the iPod doesn't have enough value for the time spent doing it in my opinion.

For most things, I would agree. A new DNA radio show, though?

Most Slashdotters, I think, if we had to hold a microphone in front of the speaker to capture this one - We would spend the time. Fortunately, we have MPlayer (though it annoyingly appears to only capture BBC streams in realtime), so we can fire it off and go make coffee.

good stuff! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20884667)

This is why the BBC rules.
And you don't have to pay the license fee if you don't have a television.

Radio 1,2,3,4 and the internet is enough for me.

Re:good stuff! (4, Insightful)

wizzdude (755000) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886173)

To be honest, I think the licence fee is worth every penny for Radio 2, 4, 5 Live, 6 Music and the website alone. I'm very happy to pay it for everything.

Re:good stuff! (1)

bvimo (780026) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886463)

I second that.

I don't have a TV , but I pay the license fee for Radio 3, Radio 4, web based News 24 and Parliament.

Money well spent.

Re:good stuff! (1)

EricTheRed (5613) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886371)

Agreed.

I gave up on television some 16 months ago as all that was on when I was home was those crappy con^H^H^Hgame shows.

BBC Radio is worth the cost of a license fee, but (as they abolished the radio license decades ago), I'm not going to pay for a TV license just for radio.

All I have to put up with is the regular "Your are watching TV illegally" letters that TV Licensing keep sending me.

Misread (1)

RobDollar (1137885) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884817)

Did anyone else read Dirk gently sterilized on the BBC?

Original Readings (1)

EaglemanBSA (950534) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884865)

I still recommend the original readings by Douglas Adams himself. They are hilarious.

Re:Original Readings (1)

Peet42 (904274) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886197)

Yup, I concur. I used to have the talking book read by Adams, and it was superb! I've heard one episode of this series so far and it's mediocre at best.

And when I saw this (1)

K.os023 (1093385) | more than 6 years ago | (#20884987)

There were 42 comments to this story

Re:And when I saw this (1)

K.os023 (1093385) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885073)

42 [imageshack.us]

some incomprehensible British-isms to boot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885117)

What are all these incomprehensible British-isms doing in the trunk of my car?

Teatime? (1)

skuzzlebutt (177224) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885139)

I read this book about 18 years ago (in between loading people onto a stagecoach in Tucson...long story) and loved it; as a pre-teen and teenager, reading Adams was a mind-expanding experience, for which I am very grateful...too bad he kicked it so young (and too bad the HHGTTG movie sucked).

I have never gotten around to reading Long Dark Teatime of the Soul...is it any good, in relation to Holistic Detective Agency?

Re:Teatime? (1)

K.os023 (1093385) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885183)

I have never gotten around to reading Long Dark Teatime of the Soul...is it any good, in relation to Holistic Detective Agency?

I haven't read HDA yet, but read Long Dark Teatime of The Soul years ago and loved it. It includes Thor lugging around a Coke machine, Odin lusting after fresh, crisp linen, Tsuliwaensis attempting suicide at every opportunity and Dirk Gently getting his hands one a hell of a hot potato.

Re:Teatime? (1)

mad zambian (816201) | more than 6 years ago | (#20885337)

Absolutely worth it.
It may not be as mind-expanding as the original experience, but it will complement it. Dirk Gently rides again.
Go hit Amazon, your brain will thank you.

Subjective answer (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886117)

I think it's better.

Zaphod Plays it Safe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20885743)

Is there a video version of Zaphod Plays it Safe? Which I think is his best work other than the original trilogy.

Don't get too excited. (1)

Peet42 (904274) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886097)

I'm a huge fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I used to own the superb talking book of "Dirk Gently" read by Adams himself, so I had high hopes for this series.

So far I've only heard the first episode, but already I'm bitterly disappointed. If I miss the second episode I won't greatly care.

Re:Don't get too excited. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20886217)

Yeah, as soon as I read that Harry Enfield was in it (let alone playing the titular role!) I knew I'd be giving this a miss.

I just can't imagine forever hearing that annoying twat's voice in my head when I read the books again in future.

Slashdotted (1)

johnw (3725) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886713)

Lay off you lot! Here I am trying to listen to the last week of BBC7 and their server's been slashdotted.

I wonder whether they've thought of using bitstream to avoid this sort of thing.

3rd Book (1)

transami (202700) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886757)

The biggest literary disappointment of my life was that the 3rd book in this series was never finished. I hope there is a Heaven just so I can ask Mr. Adams for a copy.

I couldn't agree more (1)

gbutler69 (910166) | more than 6 years ago | (#20886839)

It would've been wonderful to have had more of the D.G. series. It was, in typical Britishism, "Brilliant"!

A question here... (-1, Troll)

CryptoLogica (463378) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887045)

Being that this site is in Britain... will I be anally probed, DNA sampled, mind scanned, fingerprinted, photographed, background checked, retina scanned, biopsied, frisked for my decryption keys, and groped and goosed by British Customs Agents if I go to this site?

Inquiring minds wanna know!!

Good Day,
Juggernaut

Re:A question here... (1)

node159 (636992) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887117)

No, but you will have all of those niceties done to you on your departure and arrival in the land of the free.

Enjoy

Re:It requires RealPlayer to listen.. (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887265)

so, yes.

Ewwww!! (1)

75th Trombone (581309) | more than 6 years ago | (#20887179)

TMI! TMI! I don't want to know who gently serialized Adams' Dirk! Not from Slashdot, anyway!
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