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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


6: From Bastablon to biscuits

Mark Steadman, Danny Smith and Jon Bounds continue their mission to discuss everything in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy canon , in alphabetical order. This episode has bad language in it.


Douglas Adams’ Apple Macintosh SE/30, by Andy Taylor.


The planet whose marketing executives came up with the slogan for the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and a jumping-off point to discuss Talk Like a Brummie Day.

Bath Sheets in Space

A coffee-table book on the subject of bath towels, and a chance for Danny to discuss his hatred for coffee tables.


A revolting intergalactic swear word. We discuss what it could possibly mean.


One of the suns that forms the Shoulder of Orion, along with his sister Bellatrix. Here the team discuss displacement of characters throughout the universe.


A world of staggering beauty, and an opportunity for Jon to wax lyrical about the rolling hills England.

Bill Paterson

The Scottish actor who plays a bit part in the second radio series, and Rob McKenns the rain god.

Bill Wallace

The actor behind Prosser from the council, and Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz. Here the team also discusses scale in the H2G2 universe.


Mark tasks Danny with uncovering the truth behind the biscuit story (if you’re unfamiliar, all will be explained). The story has been discussed at length on Snopes.

Book recommendation

This week we’re recommending Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, by John Higgs. Pick it up in audiobook form for free by taking out a free 30 day trial with Audible. Just head to to get started.

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Get in touch

Share some of your thoughts on the biscuit story by emailing

Follow @ iamsteadman, @ probablydrunk and @ bounder on Twitter.

Check out Gig of My Life, and the charity single for the Birmingham bin men, released by Jon Bounds and Jon Hickman.

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