Beware of the Leopard

Season 1 Episode #60 – From sun diving to Terry Jones

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

February 21, 2019 Download (MP3)

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

Sun dive

Hotblack Deseato’s band has a completely black stunt ship that dives into the sun on Kakrafoon, as part of the climax of a gig.

Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan played Trillian in the radio series. She died in 2015, but had a good career as a voice actor with credits including Budgie the Little Helecopter and Jimbo (a personal favourite). We’re going to talk about Trillian in a few weeks, but for now, consider our caps doffed.


Swut is a swear word.


Tea is a substance that can be used to power a Finite Imrobability Generator, or for confusing a machine into giving you a substance that’s almost – but not quite – indistinguishable from it. It is now available in most megamarkets, in easy-to-swallow capsules.


A teaser is usually a rich kid with nothing to do. They cruise around looking for planets which haven’t made interstellar contact yet and “buzz” them, which involves strutting back and forth with silly antenni on their heads and making “beep beep” noises.


The Tempophone is – presumably – a telephone that can make calls across various times.

Ford advises Arthur never to call himself up from the future.

Terry Jones

Terry Jones played a parrot in the Starship Titanic video game, and wrote a book called Starship Titanic , based on a video game, but apparently in a different universe from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Seems like something we should address, really.

Anyhow, he plays a parrot because Adams had discussed with Jones that most of the characters he played in Monty Python sketches and films sounded like parrots.