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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

BBC Radio 4 sitcom about space travel. 32 episodes (6 series), 1978 - 2018. Stars Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Peter Jones, William Franklyn and others.

The Primary Phase, Episode 1 - Fit The First

In which the Earth is unexpectedly destroyed and the great Hitch-Hike begins.

Further details

Arthur Dent is worried about the demolition of his house, whereas visiting alien Ford Prefect is more worried about the demolition of the whole planet by the Vogons, one of the most unpleasent races in the galaxy (not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous).

Arthur and Ford hitchhike on one of the vessels of the Vogon Constructor Fleet, where Ford offers Arthur the chance of following him as he files entries for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

However, Arthur and Ford are captured by the Vogons and tortured by being forced to listen to their poetry, the third worst poetry in the universe.

The leader of the Constructor Fleet, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, offers Arthur and Ford a simple choice: Die in the vacuum of space or tell him how good they thought his poem was!

Broadcast details

Wednesday 8th March 1978
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Simon Jones Arthur Dent
Geoffrey McGivern Ford Prefect
Peter Jones The Book
Bill Wallis The Vogon Captain
Guest cast
Bill Wallis Prosser
Jo Kendall Lady Cynthia Fitzmelton
David Gooderson The Barman
Writing team
Douglas Adams Writer

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