The Primary Phase
First broadcast: Wednesday 15th March 1978
After being saved from certain death during the demolition of the Earth, Arthur Dent now faces a hopeless choice between meeting certain death in the vacuum of space or finding something pleasant to say about Vogon poetry.
First broadcast: Wednesday 12th April 1978
Will the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything (to which the answer is forty-two) be discovered?
Will our heroes be able to control their newly stolen spaceship and the enormous fleet of black battle cruisers that is following them?
Will all end happily or in the certain death that has threatened them so persistently?
The Primary Phase Products
Release date: Sunday 2nd October 2005
The complete collection of all five phases, plus a bonus CD featuring two bonus programmes from the BBC archive: Kaleidoscope from 1980 (going behind the scenes of the second series) and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent from 2002.
Release date: Thursday 13th November 2008
This collection of the first series contains digitally remastered episodes and a special interview with the late Douglas Adams.
Release date: Sunday 1st May 2005
The first phase of the original series. In it, Arthur and Ford escape the Earth moments before it is demolished. Their journey takes on a trip to a very old planet where they find the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.