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Beware of the Leopard: the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy podcast

81 EpisodesProduced by Mark Steadman, Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman, Danny SmithWebsite

New additions to the book with the famous words "Don't Panic" on the cover. Smart and funny, fusing real-world observation with a writing style Douglas Adams fans have sorely missed.With each topic, the panel of authors and performers present an essay in the style of a Hitchhiker's Guide entry, whic… read more


43: From Paul McCartney to the Phargilor Kangaroo

Join Mark and the Jons as they traverse the P section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Paul McCartney

In Life, the Universe and Everything, we’re treated to Adams’ thoughts on Paul McCartney. One of his little one-liners, in reference to a tune being sung on Krikkit is “Arthur could almost imagine Paul McCartney sitting with his feet up by the fire one evening, humming it to Linda and wondering what to buy with the proceeds”.

Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings

Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings is from Essex, and is the worst poet in the universe. She is not to be confused with Paul Neil Milne Johnstone who died in 2004 but hailed from the same county and was an actual poet of some success. He was referred to by his real name in the radio series but all subsequent versions used a different one.


Peanuts are very good for replacing salts and proteins lost from travel via matter transference.

Perfectly Normal Beasts

No one knew where the Perfectly Normal Beasts came from, or where they go. They were so important to the lives of the Lamuellans, it was almost as if nobody liked to ask. Arthur and Ford destract one with a pikka bird presented by Old Thrashbarg, and ride it to the Domain of the King.


Persephone is a new planet discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, which was nicknamed Rupert, after the parrot belongong to one of the astronomers that discovered it. It has a dark and sombre landscape, a terrain so desperately far removed from the heat and light of its parent sun that it seemed like a map of the psychological scars on the mind of an abandoned child.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones is the voice of the Guide in the first two radio series, and the TV series. He purportedly had trouble saying the word “encyclopaedia” (as I think we’ve discussed before), so they ended up splicing two different recordings of the word together. Keen listeners to this podcast and the original series might notice that I tend to slip into Jones’ pattern of speech when I’m reading Adams’ words, and that’s mainly because I’ve heard them so many times that his delivery is almost baked into my brain. And for that, he deserves our love and respect.

Phargilor Kangaroo Relocation Drive

The Phargilor Kangaroo Relocation Drive is a means of travel by which a ship may be ejected suddenly through the fabric of the spacetime continuum and come to rest far from its starting point. This is however an emergency device and there is rarely time to plot where the ship will land.


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