The Sitcom Trials presents Great Sci Fi Sitcoms of Our Time: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
As Wikipedia, very much the Hitchhiker's Guide of today, so kindly explains:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy radio series written by Douglas Adams (with some material in the first series provided by John Lloyd). It was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4 in 1978, and afterwards on global short wave radio on the BBC World Service, National Public Radio in the U.S. and CBC Radio
in Canada. The series was the first radio comedy programme to be
produced in stereo, and was innovative in its use of music and sound
effects, winning a number of awards.
Which is a perfect way of making a great comedy sound really boring. Possibly the most influential science fiction comedy, its fingerprints can be seen in the work of Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Alan Moore, Terry Pratchett and most university comedy since. Had Douglas Adams lived, he'd probably be close to almost nearly just about finishing another volume, if you just give him a bit longer.
And, while we're on the subject, on Weds Nov 28th The Sitcom Trials presents a Sci Fi Special at the Camden Head in London, and you are invited to submit a script now.
As always scripts are invited to the Sitcom Trials
format of a 10 minute opening act ending in a cliffhanger with a short
payoff scene. We then perform the sitcoms up to the cliffhanger, the
audience votes for their favourite and only sees the ending of the
With this being a Science Fiction Special, we will be
taking advantage of our "radio style" presentation, encouraging writers
to tailor their sitcom entries for radio production. This enables you to
include any special effect you can imagine, as long as they can be
incorporated into the dialogue or very simple sound effects.
Writers are invited to upload their scripts to the SitsVac Files, where you will also find the guidelines regarding style, cast numbers etc. The deadline for uploading scripts is midnight Sat Nov 4th.
These scripts will then be voted on online by anyone
who wishes to participate. The deadline for voting is Sat Nov 17th. The
London team will then choose two or three of the most popular scripts to
perform as part of the show, the other items in the show being created
So if you want to have your sci-fi sitcom tested in
front of a live paying audience, get on board now and enter The Sitcom
Trials. Any questions, please ask at the Sits Vac Forum, or the British Comedy Guide Forum, or the Sitcom Trials Facebook page.
Kev F Sutherland
The Sitcom Trials
Nov 28 - Sitcom Trials Sci Fi Special, Camden Head, London