Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Win a bronze Vogon statue!

Save the Rhino has put up for auction a handcrafted model of Commander Kwaltz by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Standing 18cm tall and weighing over 6kg, it's a real beauty (if such thing can be said about vogons). It was the same statue that Save The Rhino tried to sell during the last douglas adams' lecture but the starting price (2000 pounds) was too high for biders even if it's really worth its estimated price of £5,000).

The is 500 tickets to buy at a ticket price of £10. You can buy several if you want.

Here is the link for the raffle :

(thanks to DaveH for the news)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bad news. Dirk Maggs won't make "the salmon of doubt" radio series

Dirk Maggs who succesfully adapted and directed the three new phases of the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio series, the two Dirk Gently books, has decided he won't write and direct the last Dirk Gently radio series which was going to be based on the unfinished "salmon of doubt".

Dirk Maggs finally decided to cancel his contact with Above The Tittle which produced the new Hitchhiker's radio series and the Dirk Gently radio series for BBC 4.

It is of course awfully bad news. The last Dirk Gently radio series was scheduled for a broadcast next year and is probably going to be cancelled as I don't think an other director could do Dirk Magg's writing and directing job.

Here is the letter he sent to our friends of the DAC (douglas adams continuum) :

"Dear DAC

I have found it necessary to terminate my contract with Above The Title Productions, to write and direct Dirk Gently Series 3.

I am very relieved to move on, though sad not to realise the conclusion I was working towards for Douglas's unfinished trilogy.

I'd like to say particular thanks to members of the Continuum for their warmth, humour and honest criticism in the past, it has been much appreciated and great fun.

I'm happily moving on to lots of new ventures in various media, including BBC radio comedy and drama through Perfectly Normal Productions.

All best wishes for the future - and thanks again, froods.

yours ever Dirk"